Youth Participation Index 2018

YPI – Youth Participation Index – we measure the level of youth participation

YPI is the unique method for measuring the level of young people participation in decision-making processes. This is particular monitoring tool using exclusively within the project Youth Bank Hub Western Balkan and Turkey. Through YPI method, we monitor and follow three dimensions of youth participation in this region – political, economic and social participation.

Political Participation of Youth 2018

When it comes to the scores from those four countries, there is a big discrepancy between the actual situation in each country and the targeted value. Most countries are noting positive trends year by year. Only Serbian Index has slightly decreased in 2018, mostly because of the fact that political participation, the number of mayors and youth structures at local level decreased.

Economic Participation of Youth 2018

Albania, North Macedonia and Montenegro have recorded slight upward trend in political participation, unlike Serbia where certain decrease can be observed from 2017 to 2018. The change was mostly influenced by the increase or decrease of the existence of youth networks (councils/parliaments/unions/offices) for youth participation at local levels and the development of on-line tools for information and participation in decision-making of municipalities. North Macedonia has the highest score of the political participation of youth as a result of the existence of the youth structures in local levels in the majority of municipalities, as well as online tools in national and local levels.

Economic Participation of Youth 2018

Albania notes gradual decrease in the field of economic participation, unlike Serbia and Montenegro which note positive trend and gradual increase of economic participation. North Macedonia notes a slight decrease in 2017 and thereupon the increase in 2018 which is mainly the result of the lack of the state financial support to young people who started their own business during 2017.

Social Youth Participation in 2018

Social Participation dimension still presents the main obstacle in the calculation of the YPI, since most countries do not have available statistics collected using the same methodology. Thus, the YPI indicates that there are no public data regarding vulnerable groups of young people in most country such as: youth at risk of poverty, and young people in the social welfare system. Having this in mind, the data regarding social dimension could be shown only separately.

Recommendations

  • Involve young people in projects that they design and run for themselves. We believe it is the most potent way of engaging young people in their community.
  • Involve young people in grant-making because we know that this makes them more aware of the needs and aspirations of their local community and HOW to make a difference.
  • Encourage involvement in voluntary action where the issues are more closely matched to young people’s own concerns. Creating dynamics where trustful, inclusive, empowering, respectful relationships can thrive and where positive change is created, encouraging the involvement of young people who are currently disengaged or disempowered, can be inspiring so they give back to others and their communities.
  • Devolves responsibility and accountability by placing decision making about small scale resource allocation into the hands of young people who act philanthropically, bridge divisions, take leadership roles, and stimulate entrepreneurial spirit and opportunities. The YouthBank model provides clear evidence of the positive impact that young people can have on communities. This allows each YouthBank to be more effective in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and bring young people’s perspectives to the national and international public policy debate.

 

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