Youth city councils are one of the best responses, and are already being implemented in a number of countries. These are youth entities that empower urban youth participation in important city governance processes to make sure that they have a voice in decisions that affect them. It is crucial that local government decision makers give space to young people to address their problems from their own perspective, propose and act on solutions that work better for them.
“Young people are the greatest resource Africa has. They should be, and should feel, included socially, economically and politically. Most importantly, their active participation is needed in the civic initiatives,” said panellist Wambui KAHARA, Kenya Youth Representative at the UN.