Egypt: Assessing Governance from a Youth Perspective
In Egypt, young men and women drove the 25 January revolution because they have been economically, socially and politically excluded. As the country now moves forward with a new government and Constitution, a DGTTF-backed project will work through an experienced national partner, the Social Contract Center, on youth-focused governance assessments focused on public services that will intersect with a national assessment process. In the education, health, and water and sanitation sectors, young researchers and youth-led NGOs will learn to collect data; develop an assessment methodology hinging on youth interviews, focus group discussions and questionnaires; and share and validate findings. These will inform evidence-based policy recommendations and/or a Youth Charter. Based on the assessments, a second project component will offer tailored human rights-based civic education programmes to youth. A capacity-building initiative will help young civil servants foster the fair, effective and transparent management of public services.
Algeria: New Resources for Civil Society
The DGTTF-assisted project will help strengthen the capacities of civil society associations—a quarter of which are focused on youth—to design and implement initiatives to improve the services they provide. Current governance reforms in Algeria are notable for a new willingness to support civil society in its mediating role between citizens and government. The project hinges on the creation of a resource centre for civil society that will be the first of its kind in Algeria. It plans to work towards establishing nationally available training for these groups, improving access to information, and setting up permanent local support systems in pilot districts. It will emphasize collaboration and networking across different civil society organizations.
Yemen: An Observatory for Youth
The UNDP Strategy of Response to Transformative Change Championed by Youth in the Arab Region prioritizes youth as a positive force for social change. In Yemen, a DGTTF-assisted initiative will help establish the Yemeni Youth Observatory as an important step towards engaging youth and society at large in the formulation of major youth-related policies. It is planned as an inclusive, sustainable watchdog that can advocate for youth. The Observatory is expected to monitor the situation of young people, perform youth-sensitive analyses and make evidence-based policy recommendations. It will be developed through a wide consultative process involving youth from urban and rural areas, along with academic institutions, think-tanks and other relevant organizations. Once the observatory is operating, the project will assist it in producing an initial set of proposed policy priorities.