Our Approach

We believe development works best when youth participate in community problems solving— when youth work with their leaders to ensure their needs are met and public commitments are fulfilled. We strive to ensure local actors have the knowledge, skills, abilities and tools to make that a reality.

GIVE YOUTH A STAKE IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES

Our programs help youth engage in the planning and monitoring of government programs in their communities. Youth gain and share knowledge to help communities make decisions, along with the skills to constructively engage, with authorities and hold public officials accountable. Increased youth participation also means more public oversight and less opportunity for corruption.

COMMUNITY FEEDBACK MECHANISMS

For youth to exercise effective accountability, they need a set of standards that those responsible are expected to meet, indicators against which performance is measured, and monitoring frameworks to produce data that assesses performance. Most of our programs use community monitoring on the quality of services to improve their effectiveness in achieving intended results, involving a range of instruments, including citizen reports and community scorecards, citizen budget monitoring and expenditure tracking, and using media pressure.

CONNECTING YOUTH TO THEIR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Our programs encourage dialogue between youth and their governments. Citizens and service providers commonly have a shared objective of improving the quality of public services. Many of our programs focus on improving citizen feedback to service providers, supported by hard evidence and data and the preparation of authorities to receive citizen feedback. The result is better communication, better decision making, and better development results.

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