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Youth in Development

Tools and Guidance Notes

Test version – APRIL 2019

Promoting development with and by  young people – not just for young people - has never been more acutely needed. The world is currently home to the largest generation of youth ever, most of whom live in developing countries. Young people constitute an enormous development potential, and meaningful inclusion of youth is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. However, development practitioners are often faced with the difficult task of how to incorporate youth into programmes, instruments and day-to-day activities; how to move from policy to practice.

These pages contain programme management tools and guidance notes for increased youth mainstreaming. The tools and guidance notes are to be used as inspiration when designing, implementing and evaluating development engagements.

The tools and guidance notes are:
• Developed for Danida practitioners at HQ, programme staff at embassies, strategic CSO partners and consultants
• Based on document review, interviews and field work with selected Danish development engagements in Ethiopia, Mali and Uganda from September to October 2018
• Designed as stand-alone tools and notes rather than chapters in a comprehensive handbook
• Designed to align with the Danish Aid Management Guidelines (AMG)

Structure
The tools and guidance notes are grouped into three categories:

Justification and definition
• Justification - the overall justification of an increased youth focus in Danish development cooperation and humanitarian actions.
• Youthhood - defining youth presents a conceptualization of the heterogeneity and diversity of youth as well as practical tools for defining a youth target group.

Programme Management Tools
• Youth Situational Analysis provides guidance on how to integrate a youth lens into the context analysis conducted as part of programme formulation.
• Youth indicators provides a sample of standard outcome indicators for transformative youth development.
• Youth Engagement by Embassies provides guidance and inspiration for enhancing the youth focus in existing programmes and development engagements by presenting a list of initiatives to engage actively with youth in existing programmes.
• Youth Sounding Boards is a way of engaging actively with youth in programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Guidance and concrete inspiration for implementation.

Programme Management Tools
• Youth Situational Analysis provides guidance on how to integrate a youth lens into the context analysis conducted as part of programme formulation.
• Youth indicators provides a sample of standard outcome indicators for transformative youth development.
• Youth Engagement by Embassies provides guidance and inspiration for enhancing the youth focus in existing programmes and development engagements by presenting a list of initiatives to engage actively with youth in existing programmes.
• Youth Sounding Boards is a way of engaging actively with youth in programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Guidance and concrete inspiration for implementation.

Sector specific Thematic Guidance
Consists of four separate guidance notes on the four strategic priority areas:
• Governance
• Growth & Employment
• Social Sectors
• Peace & Security

Specifically for guidance notes: Each guidance note contains a narrative on the relevance of a sector-specific youth focus, a generic meta-level theory of change illustrating the key features and causalities within a results chain for youth engagement, and a youth assessment tool which describes some of the common and overall hindering and enabling factors for youth engagement in the specific sector. In addition, each note contains a list of guiding questions to include in the youth-focussed context analysis as well as a list of references for further reading.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
Please note that the tools and guidance notes shown on these pages are available in test versions. We welcome comments and suggestions in order to make the site and tools/guidance notes as practical and operational as possible. To provide comments or suggestions please download this document, add your notes using track changes and send it to thorei@um.dk and petell@um.dk. Documents for individual tools and guidance notes are available for download at the corresponding web pages.

Contact
In case of questions, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Global Youth Advisor, Thomas Rudebeck Eilertzen (thorei@um.dk).

 

Danida

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Danida

2 Asiatisk Plads

DK-1448 Copenhagen K

Denmark

Tel. +45 33 92 00 00

amg@um.dk

CONTACT:

In case of questions, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Global Youth Advisor, Thomas Rudebeck Eilertzen (thorei@um.dk).

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