Engaging and Empowering Youth in Local Governance: Tools and Lessons for...

Young people continue to remain at the margins of the political, social, and economic mainstream in most parts of the world. Policy processes and institutions are still characterized by limited youth participation. Young men and women are very often disillusioned with political leadership and institutions and feel excluded from policy development and monitoring.

From an economic opportunity perspective, the involvement of young men and women in planning and monitoring policy processes, particularly at the local level, plays a pivotal role in promoting accountability. It ensures that their rights are promoted and that their voices are heard, that inter-generational knowledge is shared, and that innovation and critical thinking are encouraged. Tetra Tech has developed and implemented youth strategies to bring the voices of young people to the policy cycle process in the local level.

This presentation shares Tetra Tech's strategies and provides lessons from Guatemala, Colombia, and the Caribbean.


Brian Thomas Atkinson, Chief of Party, MSI International/Tetra Tech

Gerardo Berthin, Senior Democracy and Governance Associate, Tetra Tech

Amy Roca, Member, Ad Hoc Commission in the Community Development Council