Strengthening meaningful youth participation in democratic governance is a multitasked intervention that seeks to streamline youth engagements in civic matters, appreciating their roles and responsibilities as active agents within this space.
UYONET aims to provide information, encourage participation, influence actions, and increase public outlook on youth issues through policy advocacy engagements and trainings in leadership skills. Advocacy engagements on youth relating or impacting policies and policy environment, influence policy reviews and reforms, influencing policy formulation, policy awareness campaigns and engagements.
Over the years, we have been able to:
- Create a mechanism for sustained political accountability in order to promote greater accountability of policy makers and political leaders to the rights and development priorities of the youth through public debates, dialogues, sharing and reflection platforms at the national and participating district levels.
- Enhance leadership skills empowerment of youth in transformative and accountable leadership, influencing policy in governance processes.
- Improved and strengthen policy analysis and competence of Youth in CSOs and political spaces, influencing and monitoring development plans and budgets at district and national level.
UYONET is also ensuring that policy advocacy is grounded in the grass-root with youth in both formal and informal sectors, this is done through dialogues, youth participation in governance (as leaders), Youth participation in decision making as key stakeholders, social accountability.
Particulaly, UYONET has broken grounds with the Situation Room Debates by providing a platform for them to interact with policy actors. The situation room has achieved the following results:
- Improved the quality of the debate of matters of national interest by establishing a regular, well regarded platform where debate is based on prepared research, presentation of alternative view points and active participation
- Reached, interested and engaged a significant audience (both in-person and through the media), particularly policy shapers/makers/influencers across the country, with a focus on youth and women, in matters of national importance being debated
Increased the participation of persons attending/viewing the debates in demanding for accountability, good governance and respect for human rights in policy and decision-making on matters of national importance.