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RIATT-SA publishes a guide on children’s participation in policy making

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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Click here to view a copy of the RIATT-SA publication.