The importance of investing in adolescent development and how to build adolescents' capacity, engagement, and participation
Young Lives India Country Director, Renu Singh, will be joining four other panelists (Pamela Wridt, Anne Petersen, Colette Daiute and Silvia Koller) for this roundtable with moderator Prerna Banati to discuss the importance of investing in adolescent development and identify ways to build adolescents' capacity, engagement, and participation, with a focus on low- and middle-income country settings. Evidence shows adolescents are skillful early adopters and able to innovate and navigate through complex challenges. However, too often, adolescents are engaged in tokenistic ways, undermining their potential, and devaluing their ability to contribute constructively.
The group will discuss capacity building through individuals, organizations, and societies. National education systems bear the primary duty of providing skills and development for adolescents to reach their potential. However, in many countries enrollment is low or poor quality prevails. Capacity building is closely tied to adolescents’ participation in decisions that affect their lives in addition to planning, executing, and evaluating initiatives geared toward youths. The panel will also discuss ways to promote approaches for engaging young people, such as being active participants in program design research, monitoring, and evaluation. Facilitating young people’s participation as stakeholders in local and national development is mandated as part of the Sustainable Development Goals guiding the international development agenda through 2030 and is especially crucial because youths are now the largest demographic group in the world.