On Tuesday 23 October Restless Development and partners launched a “Youth Manifesto for 2012 Elections” at the British High Commissioner’s Residence in Freetown. The manifesto shares the views, hopes and fears of young people across Sierra Leone with regards to the upcoming presidential, parliamentary, and local council elections. Its key purpose is to demonstrate the important contribution that young people can make to good governance and political processes.
The manifesto was developed through a process of youth-led research, an approach pioneered by Restless Development, which allows young people to play a leading role in designing and implementing research. Almost 400 young people from 12 rural and urban communities across Sierra Leone were consulted about their views regarding politics, the elections and the future of the country.
Abdul, a young researcher presents findings
The event was attended by dignitaries and stakeholders from various organisations. Key note speeches were given by the British High Commissioner, Ian Hughes, the Deputy Youth Commissioner, Aminata Sillah and Restless Development Country Director, Cathrin Daniel. Around 50 participants from various political parties and their youth wings, youth organisations, donors including the EC, DFID and USAID, and election administration bodies witnessed the event. The manifesto will be now disseminated widely in both hard and soft copy and publicised via the internet, radio and national newspapers.
Key note speaker British High Commissioner Ian Hughes
The youth manifesto project was supported by a grant from the British High Commission in Freetown.
You can download it by clicking here.