Soledad Carrasco Sanchez, Communications Officer at CHIRAPAQ, an Oxfam partner in Peru with Catherine Perras a member of Oxfam-Québec’s Youth Observatory, at UN headquarters. Credit: Soledad Carrasco

Raising the voices of indigenous youth at the UN

Soledad Carrasco Climate Change, Youth Leave a Comment

Soledad Carrasco reflects on her experience of attending the UN youth forum as a representative of the indigenous peoples of Peru. Youth are often accused of being indifferent to the political events unfolding in our society. But I saw no evidence of that at the Youth Forum of the United Nations which I attended recently in New York. The forum, organized …

Martin Lubajo. Credit: Oxfam

Keeping education alive in South Sudan

Martin Lubajo Fragile contexts, General, Youth Leave a Comment

‘Our country had suffered from war and under-development for generations, but we knew education could help us find a better path’. Martin Lubajo shares his journey from refugee in Uganda to teacher and trainer in South Sudan, striving to ensure that children do not miss out on their education even amid the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis. In 2009, I …

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Is there room on the broom for young women?

Sharon Settecasse Active citizenship, Gender, Youth Leave a Comment

For International Youth Day Sharon Settecasse looks at what lessons the development sector, and especially those working with young women, could take from the popular children’s book, ‘Room on the Broom’. Room on the Broom is a children’s book packed with lessons for children, and, as it turns out, for the development sector. It is story of a witch who, …

Participants at the youth programme framework workshop in Cotonou, Benin. Credit: Oxfam

Working with young people for employment in West Africa

Magalie Laliberté Youth, Youth employment Leave a Comment

For International Youth Day Marième Soda Ndiaye from RENF and Oxfam’s Magalie Laliberté reflect on the process of supporting active citizenship and youth employment opportunities in West Africa. All over Africa, especially in West Africa, the proportion of youth in the population is increasing. In sub-Saharan Africa, 70% of the population are less than 30 years old. Mali (with an …

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Credit: Adam Patterson / Oxfam

A new model for economic growth and youth inclusion

Nicholas Taylor New Urbanism, Youth Leave a Comment

Investing in the skills of young people, start ups and the sharing economy, could be key to fostering socially inclusive economic growth in Asia, argues urban development consultant Nicholas Taylor. Our cities, their inhabitants, and our planet are in danger from cascading sets of urban woes including unsafe housing, rising waters, increased incidences of natural disasters, temperature extremes, inequitable development, …

“If young people want change, they can achieve it”: International Youth Day 2016

Imogen Davies Active citizenship, Youth Leave a Comment

This International Youth Day, Oxfam is supporting youth activists from all over the world to campaign on inequality issues at the World Social Forum 2016 in Montreal. Below, six youth leaders from Oxfam’s My Rights, My Voice (MRMV) programme talk about their experiences of lobbying on rights to health and education services. ith their energy, skills and creativity, young people in …