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Submitted by Michelle Rebosio on

It is definitely time for an ambitious youth agenda. A first step would be defining the agenda: youth issues are not only about jobs, but about youth participation and civic engagement. We are missing a huge opportunity to get youth ideas to make all of our projects have more impact: youth are not often asked to participate in the design of activities and are rarely engaged in providing beneficiary feedback. There is an assumption that youth only have to be engaged in youth projects, yet in many of our client countries, youth make up the majority of the adult population. They are impacted by the majority of our projects, whether these are large infrastructure projects, projects in the social sectors, or activities to promote better governance. It is time to ask young people to tell us how they would like to be engaged and what their priorities are, and for us to be able to respond to their needs.