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Putting youth at the core of the development agenda

Thematic briefing_youth_ENG

Dec 17, 2014


“Somalia is at a crossroads. Many youth have grown up in a country where education was inaccessible and where security was rare. Now, times are changing and Somali youth can regain dynamism and hope for their future.


We were all young at one point and we know that youth want to weigh in on the decisions that affect their lives. Let us link Somali youth up to the vibrant African youth networks in neighbouring countries like Kenya and Uganda and across the continent so that they can share their experience with others and come up with ideas and solutions for their future.


In order to support them, we also need to recognize and harness their full potential. We need to focus on the three “Es”: education, employment and empowerment. These challenges will be a central issue for Somalia over the next 20 years.“

Philippe Lazzarini
Humanitarian and Resident
Coordinator for Somalia

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