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YEI process: Research

POLITICAL AND INSTITUTIONAL ENGAGEMENT

Reclaim the streets – photo © Natheer Halawani

WHAT IS PREVENTING YOU FROM TAKING ON A YOUTH TOPIC AND WORKING TOGETHER ACROSS PARTIES TO ACHIEVE ITS GOALS, LIKE DECREASING UNEMPLOYMENT RATES OR TACKLING THE LEBANESE UNIVERSITY CHALLENGES? THESE SHOULD BE COMMON GOALS. HOWEVER, OUR [ADVOCACY] FILES ARE EMPTY! WE [NON-PARTISANS] DON’T CARE WHO IS IN POWER, WHAT WE CARE ABOUT IS MAKING PROPER DECISIONS. – PRESIDENT OF AN NGO

Political and institutional engagement indicators are Democratic vitality, Decision-making, civil society, consultation and permeability, networks of collective action, participatory policies. The Profile reveals a gap between the engagement in formal policy processes and youth-led initiatives and self-advocacy. Beirut has a strong history of community organizations, students unions, and NGOs advocating for youth implication in decision-making. However, an institutionalized framework is lacking to transform the ongoing mobilization into insights for policymaking. Therefore, cultures of collaboration and mechanisms to encourage bottom-up participation are required.

Profile for Architects for Change

Youth Engagement in Beirut  

This publication shares the findings of a one-year assessment on youth engagement in the urban governance of Beirut. The "Youth Engagement I...

Youth Engagement in Beirut  

This publication shares the findings of a one-year assessment on youth engagement in the urban governance of Beirut. The "Youth Engagement I...

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