Our Advocacy focuses on achieving two outcomes: 1) Increased resource allocation for youth development; 2) and Increased transparency and accountability in use of resources allocated for youth development. Achievement of these outcomes is premised on two outputs: 1) National planning process that is inclusive of young
Achievement of these outcomes is premised on two outputs: 1) National planning process that is inclusive of young people, and 2) Policies that promote youth friendly service provision.
Output 3.1.1: National planning process that is inclusive of young people
To contribute to increased resource allocation for youth development, the YAZ strategy aims to ensure that national planning processes are inclusive of adolescents and young people. This is an approach and process that embraces all groups of young people and promotes tolerance for attending to the needs of all. Inclusiveness, therefore, fights the existing divisiveness and exclusionary tendencies almost inherent in all societies due to various factors of discrimination, control and authoritarian mind-sets and approaches. In this case, this entails that policy makers have to first and foremost identify youths as a significant demographic group/ sect of the population that warrants a voice in policy planning processes. To achieve inclusion, the YAZ strategy aims to ensure that these planning processes are consultative – engaging youths during all stage of the planning process. It will also aim to ensure that these engagements are conducted in a youth friendly manner and in youth friendly spaces in which young people can freely contribute without fear, manipulation or any cohesive force.
Output 3.1.2 Policies that promote adolescents and youth friendly service provision
Many of the barriers that youth face in accessing services are unique to adolescents and young people due to their stage in life and associated special needs, perceptions, and abilities. Youth-friendly services, therefore, are able to effectively attract young people, meet their needs comfortably and responsively, and succeed in retaining young clients for continuing care. The World Health Organization identified five key dimensions of youth-friendly services:
Through this strategy, YAZ aims to advocate for the reform and formulation of policies and legislation that provide the right framework to promote young people’s use of services and access to opportunities that empower them.
To enable the achievement of these two outputs, several strategies will be adopted. YAZ will facilitate the establishment of platforms for multi-sectoral discussions on youths’ priorities. Outputs from such platforms will ensure that adolescents and youths are rightfully recognised as a significant group and that different stakeholders and policy makers know their priorities. Harnessing the power of the collective will enable adolescents and young people to better articulate their needs and ensure their needs are prioritised by the state. Because the platforms are multi-sectoral, they also provide immense opportunities for establishing linkages between sectors in planning youth development as challenges facing young people are interlinked and complex.
Through this strategy, YAZ will also aim to simplify and share development data and create networks were adolescents and youths can be part of the planning and budgeting process to ensure their concerns are prioritised. Adolescents and Young people will be organised though networks to ensure their active and effective participation in planning and budgeting processes at local and national level.
The strategy recognises that it is not enough to advocate for youth friendly programmes, policies and legislation alone but to ensure that they are implemented in a transparent and accountable manner. In this regard, YAZ will create a monitoring system that will track, assess, document and disseminate the quality of service offered to young people, accountability in the disbursement of resources allocated for young people etc. Young people will be empowered to own and monitor youth targeted policies, programmes or services to enable them be more active citizens in fostering transparency and accountability of the government (at local and national levels). This will bring to light the concerns and gaps in youth related service provision and create evidence for further advocacy for improved service provision. This process will also provide a feedback loop to the work on advocacy for programme, policy and legislative reforms.
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