Why youth matters?
We believe that communities cannot thrive if they fail to offer a bright future for younger generations.
- young people are more mobile and dynamic. We can develop their know-how and their ability to make decisions in order to generate new ways to support the local development.
- young people are often marginalized by hierarchical, opaque and unequal decision making structures and are better placed to change these systems if they have the tools, knowledge and resources they need;
- More than half of the Congolese population is now under 40 years and it is imperative to engage this group in the development of a system that works better for them;
- Young people today are more connected than ever thanks to the tools that allow them to discuss, share and collaborate. This offers an unprecedented comparative perspective in the society and the replication of good practices from one place to another.
That is why we are determined to help young people develop their skills to participate in building institutions that are open, inclusive and responsive and free from corruption. This helps build strong institutions and support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 16)’s:
- Target 16.3: Promote the rule of law and ensure equal access to justice
- Target 16.4: Combat organized crime and illicit financial and arms flows
- Target 16.5: Substantially reduce corruption and bribery
- Target 16.6: Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions
- Target 16.7: Ensure responsive, inclusive and representative decision-making
- Target 16.8: Strengthen the participation in global governance
- Target 16.9: Provide universal legal identity
- Target 16.10: Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms
- Target 16.a: Strengthen national institutions to prevent violence and combat crime and terrorism
- Target 16.b: Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies