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Retaining its most valuable resource? Western Balkan countries lose up to 2.46 billion eur annually due to youth emigration

2021-09-01T08:36:38+00:00August 31st, 2021|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

The Western Balkans countries have a long history of emigration but trends in recent years we have shown increasing numbers of young people leaving and based on many reports the levels are among the highest in the world. While there have been many causes attributed to this complex phenomenon there has not been research into [...]

Transnational Green Democracy: Learning from Kenya’s next generation of environmental leaders

2021-05-25T13:21:45+00:00May 25th, 2021|Environmental democracy, UK Political Parties international programmes, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Drought, deforestation, lack of access to clean water and green energy sources. This is just a snapshot of some of the environmental challenges faced by communities in rural Kenya and shared by participants of Kenya’s first Green Academy. The Green Academy brings together 21 young people from different backgrounds and diverse regions of the country [...]

Young people losing their position in Albania’s upcoming elections

2021-04-08T15:26:20+00:00April 4th, 2021|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

WFD in Albania aims to improve the participation of young people in the political life in the country through supporting the efforts of youth wigs of main political parties. To gain a better understanding of their position in the upcoming elections of Aril 2021, our office in Tirana supported the organization Qëndresa Qyterare (Civic Resistance) [...]

In North Macedonia, young people are on the electoral lists, but rarely on wining positions

2021-03-24T14:45:19+00:00March 24th, 2021|Research, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

The average age of candidates for MPs on the parliamentary elections in North Macedonia held in 2020 was 42,5 years. Even though young people have a relatively high number of candidates (19,17% under 29 years), they were more often on positions with lower chances to win an MP seat. These are some of the findings [...]

Not just a décor: A better placed youth in Montenegrin politics

2021-03-22T17:20:09+00:00March 21st, 2021|Elections, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

It is often emphasized worldwide that young people are our future – but we often forget to pay enough attention to the face that young people are also our present. In Montenegro, this is evident in almost all aspects of life, politics included. Montenegin democracy needs young leaders to bring in the energy and enthusiasm [...]

Young parliamentarians at the heart of advancing youth interests in Nigeria

2020-11-20T11:44:23+00:00November 20th, 2020|Parliamentary, Parliaments, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

A healthy democracy needs to include everyone in decision-making processes and structures of governance. However, in many parts of the world young people, women, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) have often been relegated to the side-lines. At WFD, we believe that there are endless possibilities and opportunities that can be realized when all people are [...]

Youth engagement for global action: Celebrating International Youth Day 2020

2020-08-12T09:48:14+00:00August 12th, 2020|Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Celebrations for International Youth Day (IYD) 2020 on 12 August may have gone virtual, but young people are still the big stars. IYD 2020 comes in the shape of a virtual podcast discussion, delivered from youth to youth, alongside creative artists.  Nowadays, there are more young people as a proportion of the population than ever [...]

East African youth call for involvement in navigating the COVID-19 response

2020-07-05T13:00:31+00:00June 8th, 2020|Democracy and Governance, Democracy Matters, Sub - Saharan Africa, Uncategorized, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

"We want to be involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in East Africa." 90% of young East Africans who responded to a  survey on how COVID-19 has impacted their lives agreed with this statement. COVID-19 has affected us all in different ways. In East Africa, where over 70% of the population are young [...]