Thanks to the Children’s Participation Network for sharing a copy of “Reflecting on Child and Youth Participation: A publication for programmers and policy makers in East and Southern Africa”. Written by Glynis Clacherty and Rachel Bray, this useful guide provides a review of participatory methodologies involving children and youth in the policy-making process.
It identifies common challenges experienced in these processes and makes a number of recommendations to overcome these. Some of the challenges are:
- Finding ways to ensure follow-up on children’s participation in policy processes.
- Facilitating a process that enables children to meaningfully influence policies.
- Involving younger children in policy-making.
Some of the recommendations include:
- Cultivate an understanding of why children are participating.
- Change the way children are ‘seen’.
- Recognise cultural norms and practices.
- Stop separating child, youth and adult activities.
- Find funds for children’s participation.
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