Moving the Needle: Making A Case For Youth Protagonism | An Overview
COVID-19 has brought into sharper focus the inequalities that confront young people living in underserved communities. Even so, the voices of young people—especially girls—remain absent from conversations that directly affect them—and more importantly in policy and programming dialogues aimed at improving their lives and unlocking their true potential. We believe this is a pivotal moment to build a case for participatory methodologies that are anchored in the wisdom of young people, centring their voices and choices in programme strategy and decision-making.
Later this year, EMpower and Dasra will release a report “Moving The Needle: Making the Case for Youth Protagonism,” which will underscore the importance of centring young people. The report will focus on this key question: Why and how should we engage young people in designing the programmes that will impact their lives? This report will be the first of its kind in India and will prominently feature the wisdom and insights of young people, and girls in particular.
What to Expect
About the Dasra-EMpower Partnership
EMpower is one of the co-founders of the With And For Girls collective, a unique collaboration between 11 global funders united by a common belief that girls are agents of change.
Highlights of our work with girls include:
EMpower believes there are no greater experts on girls’ lives than girls themselves, which is why we seek to amplify the voices, experiences, and lived realities of girls as protagonists, role models, and future leaders in a manner that is bold, disruptive, and powerful. We bring over 15 years of first-hand experience and technical expertise in successfully conceptualising and implementing youth-led participatory methodologies from the ground up.
Dasra, a strategic philanthropic foundation, has a proven track record in demonstrating participatory approaches through adolescent-focused and -led initiatives.
The 10to19: Dasra Adolescents Collaborative is a multi-stakeholder platform that accelerates participatory feminist approaches by bringing together funders, civil society, and the government to enable adolescents and young people to achieve their full potential. They mobilise private resources and public programmes to drive more equitable practice within existing Indian policies and amplify youth voices and leadership to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Through this initiative, Dasra and EMpower are issuing a call-to-action to strengthen collaboration among organisations and funders and to raise awareness of the important role that participatory methodologies can play in youth programmes. Together, we can achieve real and lasting positive outcomes for young people, especially girls, in India and beyond.View All News
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