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Supporting emerging young leaders

Emerging from discussions held at Wilton Park in 2019, our partners USAID have developed the Global LEAD Initiative to support the capacity and commitment of emerging young leaders to become partners in building self-reliant communities.

With over 1.8 billion youth between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world today, we are living with the largest youth population in history. Supporting and empowering young people is a rising priority for policymakers, governance and inclusive growth agendas and investment at local, national, regional and global levels.

Youth and the State: addressing the violence of exclusion

In December 2019, Wilton Park (in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat, Mercy Corps, USAID and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)) hosted Youth and the State: addressing the violence of exclusion and building partnerships.

The purpose of the meeting was to identify key constraints and opportunities for reversing youth exclusion and improving relations between young people and their respective governments, linking this to broader processes of building peaceful, just and inclusive societies.


The impact

Emerging from discussions at the event, USAID has developed the Global LEAD Initiative on Youth Civic/Political Engagement. Global Leadership and Education Advancing Development (Global LEAD) is USAID’s Agency-wide initiative to support the capacity and commitment of emerging young leaders to become partners in building self-reliant communities, as well as align with key foreign assistance priorities and other U.S. Government partners. Global LEAD serves as an umbrella that responds to the priorities of emerging young leaders and Missions to build a continuum of education, civic engagement, and leadership development across sectors.

To support Global LEAD, USAID launched YouthLead to connect thousands of young change-makers around the world to resources and networks, and YouthPower to share programmatic tools and learning with partners.

The Global LEAD Initiative has recently published a Toolkit, which includes specific resources and templates for USAID staff, implementing partners, and young and emerging leaders as they plan and design new activities, measure project performance, and coordinate communications efforts. The toolkit also provides examples of adaptable models, guidance for programming by sector and opportunities to join networks and learning communities who are excited about working with young people as partners in development.

Contacts

Programme Director: Alison Hilliard

Biography and other events

Partners

In partnership with:

The Commonwealth
USAID
Mercy Corps
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


In association with:

Search for Common Ground