For any project considering youth inclusion, funders and implementers are advised to conduct a youth analysis. The relative depth of information collection and analysis depends on whether the design team has decided to take a youth-inclusive and/or youth-specific approach. At a minimum, by the end of the project design process, the project design team should have at least basic answers in the following five categories:
- Youth Segmentation: Which youth cohorts will the project aim to include or target, what are the characteristics of each youth cohorts, and in what ways does the project envision including them?
- Youth Participation in the Agri-Food System: How different youth cohorts are engaged in agriculture and food systems at present, and what are the major barriers to and opportunities for youth engagement in the sector?
- Youth Barriers and Opportunities in the System: What major barriers (household level, community level, institutional, and/or legal/regulatory) are preventing different youth cohorts from upgrading and/or participating in different functions of the agriculture and food systems? Where in the system are there opportunities for greater youth inclusion or upgrading?
- Cross-Sectoral Collaboration: Are there opportunities to leverage or collaborate with other existing investments in other sectors (education, health, conflict mitigation, democracy and governance)?
- Alignment: What considerations are critical to aligning youth skills, interests, and assets with the objectives of the project and the demands of the agriculture/food system?
Click here to see in full how and when a youth analysis should be conducted during USAID CDCS, PAD and Solicitation design. For a full list of questions to consider as part of a youth analysis, access Volume I, Annex 2.
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