The African Youth Charter enjoins member states of the African Union to “Guarantee the participation of youth in parliament and other decision- making bodies in accordance with the prescribed laws” (Article 11,2a). Similarly, the UN Youth Strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for an inclusive society where the voices, aspirations and views of the youth are considered in decision-making processes.
In view of this, Plan International Ghana, Oxfam in Ghana, Youth Advocates Ghana (YAG) and Foundation and Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) have jointly launched the Ghana Youth Manifesto project towards the 2020 general elections and beyond. The Ghana Youth Manifesto will offer the youth of Ghana the space and opportunity to shape the political discourse aimed at enhancing the social and economic capital of the youth and projecting developmental issues affecting the youth.
Starting from July, the project will leverage on digital platforms to conduct a series of virtual youth consultations on different sectors of youth development. The consultation which is led by 10 dynamic team of working group will focus on but not limited to the following development sectors:
Introducing Youth to politics, policy, local government and political leadership
Youth Employment and wealth creation
Sexual and Reproductive Health
Youth Mobility and Migration
Education and Skills Development commerce
Sports, Culture and Tourism
Youth and Disabilities
Youth and Diplomacy
Youth and Political Violence
Cross-cutting (technology and innovation, Human rights, Environmental Sustainability)
The outcome of the consultation is expected to inform the Ghana Youth Manifesto which will be presented to the various political parties for consideration in their next government and to other development stakeholders in Ghana.