by Alphonse Akouyu Recently, I was invited to reflect on ‘Why Community Initiatives Fail’ with a diverse group of youth who are nursing dreams of becoming game changers in their communities. Harboring any ambition of trying to bring about hope and transformation in any place which can be associated with the word ‘community’, is extremely …

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A blog by Layne Robinson   You may be unfamiliar with the term “youth bulge”. The World Bank has defined it as a phenomenon in many developing countries where factors such as reducing infant mortality and high fertility rates have resulted in children and young people outnumbering adults.   It is often discussed within the context …

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by Charity Mwathi Millions of AI training opportunities, thousands of scholarships, more robust youth networks, new laws to protect vulnerable people, and more opportunities to shape policy are just some of the tangible outcomes of the Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting. The historic three-day summit, held in the Commonwealth headquarters in London, brought together nearly 400 …

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by Bryan Jetem Obaji The declaration of 2023 as the year dedicated to youth-led action for sustainable and inclusive development reminds us that even after 50 years of the Commonwealth Youth Programme, a lot still needs to be done. This is especially true after the Covid-19 pandemic which reawakened our consciousness to new possibilities and …

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Do you know of a youth worker who had made an exceptional contribution? It could be a colleague or someone in an organisation that’s made a difference in your community. Nominations are open for the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2014, which recognise the excellence of youth workers and their enduring positive impact on young people …

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Youth Work Week is a celebration of the achievements of youth workers and young people. First established in the United Kingdom by the National Youth Agency two decades ago, the Commonwealth Secretariat has since 2012 worked to expand the reach and scope of Youth Work Week across the 53 nations of the Commonwealth. The international theme …

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Three outstanding youth workers were today honoured at the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2014 for their dedication to improving young lives and their positive contributions to society. The awards were presented to winners from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean at a ceremony hosted at the UK Houses of Parliament, in London. The awards are held …

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Derrick Sharbodie is the founder and manager of the St. James Police Club and Empowerment Centre in Trinidad and Tobago, which offers education, sports and community support to young people.

Dr Bernice Hlagala is a senior policy analyst responsible for youth development in the Presidency of South Africa.