Last year, a mapping study was carried out by the Platform Secretariat to identify youth networks in Africa. The assessment aimed at obtaining a clearer picture of how rural youth in Africa interact and voice their interests. The study also feeds into the work of the Platform’s Thematic Working Group on Rural Youth, which provides a forum for donor members and youth representatives to exchange and discuss relevant development issues. The full report is out now and can be downloaded via the link provided below.
The report uses case studies to give insights into three categories of networks that were identified based on different characteristics such as their background, thematic areas, structures, and location governance. It also talks about the challenges faced by networks and concludes with recommendations on how development practitioners can continuously engage and facilitate youth networks and amplify their contribution to sustainable food systems development.
The convening power of youth networks has made them become entry points for different interventions from donors, governments and other development agencies. From the report, we see that youth networks have very similar characteristics but they are also diverse and operate under different settings that affect their operations and practitioners need to understand how these networks work to deliver interventions that best work to fit them.