The Big Idea

In numerous consultations on the Global Goals, young people identified accountability and governance as top priorities. Young people tell us they want to take part in the making of decisions that affect their lives and in the exercise of accountability over those decisions.

We believe we have reached a generational opportunity to reverse young people’s current exclusion, and demonstrate that young people can take the lead accountability over their governments – particularly accountability over the new Global Goals.


There are 1.8 billion young women and men globally, with 90% of 10-24 years olds living in developing countries.
People under the age of 35 are rarely found in formal political leadership positions. In a third of countries, eligibility for the national parliament starts at 25 years or higher and it is common practice to refer to politicians as ‘young’ if they are below 35-40 years of age.
Most governments are formally committed to increasing accountability and acknowledge that the participation of traditionally excluded groups, including young people, is central to achieving this.

Young people bring unique skills to monitoring development: not only are they at the forefront of using social media and innovative monitoring tools, but they can also be effective ‘infomediaries’ and create new approaches to monitoring. Through engaging young people in accountability. there is an opportunity to connect power to youth and youth to power, redefining the relationship between duty bearers and young people.