Report

What works to amplify the rights and voices of youth?

Authors:
Evaluation Offices of UNFPA and UNICEF
along with EvalYouth Global Network, Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth and FAO, ILO, IOM, DPPA/PBSO, UNDP and UNIDO
Source:
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
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Publication Year:
2021
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

What works to amplify the rights and voices of youth?

 

Meta-synthesis of lessons learned from youth evaluations (2015-2020) to support the implementation of the United Nations Youth Strategy

 

In the Decade of Action, the use of lessons and knowledge from evaluations is pivotal in adapting and improving youth programmes, to reach youth furthest behind and to strengthen accountability for results. 

A new report captures lessons learned on what works and what does not work in United Nations youth programming from 2015 to 2021, specifically around youth participation and youth and human rights. The lessons and illustrative examples were distilled from 150+ youth evaluations, and centre around enabling key actors, stepping up accountability for and with youth, engaging youth in multiple capacities, and strengthening representation and inclusion of youth in programmes. 

This rich evidence contributes to advancing the implementation of the United Nations Youth Strategy 2030, a system-wide framework for how the United Nations should programme for, with, and alongside youth. 

The report is a result of an interagency knowledge collaboration, co-led by the Evaluation Offices of UNFPA and UNICEF, along with EvalYouth Global Network, Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth and FAO, ILO, IOM, DPPA/PBSO, UNDP and UNIDO. The evidence generated through this exercise will support the implementation of transformative approaches in youth programming. 

 

 

By Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth:

The “United Nations system-wide meta-synthesis of lessons learned from youth evaluations (2015-2020)” report comes at an opportune time. By focusing on priority areas 1 and 4 of the Youth2030 strategy, the report demonstrates that while good progress has been made, there is still a lot of work to be done. The evidence will be critical to help us build on progress thus far and accelerate our efforts together with young people to collectively deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Click to access the Youth Metasynthesis.
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