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Youth Engagement in Development – Effective Approaches & Recommendations

September 15, 2020

The first guiding principle in the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Youth in Development Policy is to “recognize that youth participation is vital for effective programs” (USAID, 2012a, pg. 2). Furthermore, one of the Policy’s two objectives is to “mainstream and integrate youth issues and engage young people across Agency initiatives and operations” (USAID, 2012a, p.1). This report was commissioned to identify effective approaches and recommendations to meaningfully engage youth in programs, policies and operational practices. Based on a review of various organizations’ strategies to solicit youth participation, this report offers findings and action-oriented recommendations that are applicable to a wide range of actors in the field.

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