On Saturday 6th December nearly 200 young people from across Africa gathered at a Youth Symposium in Lusaka to discuss the barriers young people face to accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services.
Supported by UNFPA, the Youth Symposium marked the launch of the 2014 State of the World’s Population report which outlines how the 1.8 billion young people around the world could, if properly supported, transform the future. As the report notes, with the right policies and investments, countries can empower young people to drive economic and social development and boost per-capita incomes.
Drawing on these key themes, Restless Development facilitated a session at the Symposium on how to influence decision-makers and hold them to account for their commitments – including those relating to sexual and reproductive health. During the session, data from various sources was analysed and used by the youth delegates to role play how they might approach different types of decision-makers.
During the session the youth delegates were introduced to Restless Development’s Big Idea – an exciting new programme that aims to support youth-led accountability on the new Sustainable Development Goals and related policy processes. The programme is currently supporting innovations in youth-led accountability in Ghana, Nepal and Tanzania with plans to scale up over the year ahead.
As the session drew to a close the youth delegates expressed interest in joining the growing network of partners involved in the Big Idea – we look forward to working with them over the months ahead!