Youth Engagement in Activity Design
Youth Engagement: Whether an activity undertakes a youth mainstreaming or youth-specific approach, youth should meaningfully participate in all stages of the design process. Youth participation ensures that young men and women make meaningful contributions to the USAID objectives that are relevant to them. Because youth are a diverse group with a similarly diverse array of needs, it is critical that youth involved at the design stage are broadly representative of the youth cohorts targeted by the activity (refer to Section 3.2 from Volume I on defining youth cohorts). The following chart presents ideas for engaging youth at the design, award, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation stages.
Table: Youth Engagement Throughout the Activity Cycle
Source: Proctor, H., Blum, R., Feige, D., (2018). Feed the Future Project Design Guide for Youth-Inclusive Agriculture and Food Systems: Volume I - Project Design.
Section 3.2: page 22
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