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6 ways U.N.-Habitat is empowering youth to transform their communities
6 WAYS U.N. HABITAT IS EMPOWERING
YOUTH TO TRANSFORM THEIR
Through the Urban Youth Fund, UN-Habitat has partnered with the Indian Youth Climate
Network to launch a waste management project in New Delhi, India. Through a
decentralized urban waste management system, local youth were able to convert more
than 800 kilos of organic waste into compost that was later used to produce food, creating
value for communities in the urban city.
UN-Habitat recognizes the crucial role young people must play in decision-making at all
levels. Responding to the pressure from youth groups and member states, UN-Habitat
launched in 2011 the Youth 21 initiative, which is exploring ways to strengthen youth
engagement in governance at local, national and global levels.
UN-Habitat works together with civil society partners and government to develop holistic
programmes that provide vocational training to young men and women. Through a
partnership with Sadguru Sadafaldeo Vihangam Yoga Sansthan UN-Habitat has
developed the YouthVAL – Youth Values Leadership Programme which provides ICT and
vocational training to young people from rural and urban areas.
UN-Habitat partners with local authorities to establish One Stop Centers and offer an
opportunity for young people to learn skills and develop their capacity. The Kimisigara
Youth Centre in Kigali, Rwanda supports young men and women through vocational
training as well as offering a safe recreational space and health services.
Through it’s Urban Youth Fund, UN-Habitat provides social entrepreneurship training to
youth groups like the Mathare Youth and Theatre Organization (MYTO) based in the
Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya to help them to start their own social enterprises. Currently
UN-Habitat is working to establish a computer lab in Mathare and expand the trainings to
include ICT skills.
UN-HABITAT works with local authorities in post-conflict countries to implement resource
centres for young people. In Uganda, the One Stop Youth Resource Centre in Arua seeks
to empower vulnerable urban youth in order to strengthen stability and peace. The Centre
provides training on practical entrepreneurship skills for income generating, as well as
capacity in building and construction skills.
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