With increasing numbers and dynamic stakeholders in society, young people are key agents of positive change in the Pacific. However, youth as a key segment of the population have traditionally faced challenges in fulfilling their potentially important roles.
There are links between the wide societal issues and challenges, and those in the youth sector. Drawing on the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Youth Strategy 2014-2017, work on youth empowerment in the Pacific focuses on the following two areas of what we do.
The project is piloting key activities in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, and will be further contextualised and replicated in other identified Pacific island countries through the development of a four-year Regional Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development project under the Asia Pacific Regional Youth Project on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
What we do
- Improve capacities on economic livelihoods for rural and urban youth populations.
- Engage rural youth in organic farming
- Engage urban youth in social entrepreneurship
- Create safe spaces for effective dialogue and engagement on key economic social, cultural, civil and political rights.
- Support youth engagement in the promotion of human rights in Fiji
- Support youth initiatives aimed at government transparency and accountability