Development and humanitarian organisations increasingly want to include and act upon the voices, opinions, and insights of young people.
They often do this by setting up specific youth dialogues and fora, by inviting youth into other events and activities, and by giving roles to young people in programs and projects.
We can see an appetite from young people to actively contribute to dialogue and debate on a wide range of technical, societal, and policy questions. We also observe that young people are digitally connected as never before and they use digital platforms and tools differently than previous generations.
As we look forward, how can development organisations best include young voices in dialogues? And what can we learn from the ways that youth engage online, to better respond to their aspirations and needs and devise more inclusive online dialogues?
To mark this year’s International Youth Day, the Dgroups Foundation and KM4Dev will convene a facilitated online dialogue on “youth in dialogues”. We aim to bring together experiences where dialogue and other processes have explicitly worked with youth or tried to amplify their voices on development and humanitarian issues.