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YEI process: Conclusion

TOWARDS BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE CULTURE OF YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

The Youth Engagement Index process in Beirut is a pilot youth engagement project. It developed a methodology bringing together a range of actors to design, assess, and advocate for a model of youth participation in Beirut. As such, it trialed a basis for ongoing engagement that mobilizes current expertise and data on youth engagement at the city level. During intensive workshops, young people came from different areas of the city, bringing their different religious, political, and professional backgrounds. They reflected on their city and challenged their image of Beirut, listened to other perspectives and opinions, and contemplated possible strategies and directions. Discussions portrayed the complexity of a city where diversity and multiculturalism can be an engine for change or innovation as well as an obstacle to inclusion and sense of citizenship. Building urban resilience shows, however, a pressing need to tolerate diversity, ensure equal representation and promote a wider inclusion of youth in the city-making. The pilot project findings inform a framework for Youth Engagement in Beirut. However, upscaling and future replications need to adapt the model to meet the requirements of different institutions, settings, and objectives we met during this year. SEVERAL ACTIONS WOULD IMPROVE THE PROCESS ACCURACY: Revise Youth indicators to tailor the assessment to local needs. Plan for a more inclusive process that integrates different social and political backgrounds of Beirut Youth. Involve private sectors and donors during the assessment process (e.g. Banks, foundations, Companies, etc.) to enrich the analytical research and bring additional perspectives to approaching youth engagement policy. Involve universities and elected student councils to widen the discussion and raise awareness about the importance of implementing a Youth Engagement policy at the city scale. Identify ways to involve disengaged youth from different social and cultural backgrounds (e.g. vulnerable and elitist communities). The young people who participated during the assessment were mainly already engaged in social and political life. Advocate for the official participation of public representatives to ensure an efficient transmission of the project’s goals and roadmap.

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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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