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Press Statement: West Africa Regional Youth Workshop
Mar 8th, 2012 - 00:23:59
Press Statement: Contact: ametemma (at) yahoo.com
Thursday 1st March 2012
REGIONAL YOUTH WORKSHOP
“STRENGTHENING YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN WEST AFRICA-February 29th -March
‘WHAT IS FOR YOUTH, WITHOUT
YOUTH, IS NOT FOR YOUTH’
The development of
West Africa, based on regional integration will depend largely on the
participation of local actors including young people.
In line with its Vision, ICCO
ROWAheld a two-day
Regional Youth Workshop in BAMAKO, MALI
from 29 February-1 March 2012. The
workshop brought together 20 youth
representatives of youth organizations from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Mali,
Benin, Burkina Faso and Senegal that are working on youth issues in order to integrate
their needs in the West Africa Regional Multi-Annual Strategic plan and to have
a clear base for an intervention strategy for youth in the region.
The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Alimu Diallo, and
the Opening Ceremony was addressed by Mr. Piet Van Ommeren, Regional Manager of
ICCO, Mr. Hamadi Bathily, Technical Advisor, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mali
and Mr. Kofi Amfo Akonnor, Member, Regional Board, ICCO.
The common issues identified are Youth &Unemployment, Youth Entrepreneurship, Migration, Leadership
& Governance, Reproductive Health & HIV/AIDS, Violence, Conflicts &
Drugs, Youth in Conflict with the law, Development & Implementation of National
Youth Policies, Gender Disparities, Lack of Access to Information & ICT,Lack
of Education and Skills Training, Human Rights and Youth in Environmental
During the two days of deliberation, which was characterized
by frank exchange of ideas, the participants further prioritized the issues
in conflicts, violence & drugs,
&Reproductive health &HIV/AIDS,
in Education and Capacity training.
and implementation of National Youth Policies,
§ Lack of Access to Information & ICT,
in Environmental changes.
CROSS CUTTING ISSUES.
disparities and human rights.
At the end of their
deliberations, the participants adopted the following recommendations to be
inculcated into the Regional Multi Annual
Strategic Plan of ICCO and to also serve as mechanisms to inspire youth leaders
across the region to actively participate in issues affecting their development,
growth and survival
1. That a Youth representative be appointed to
the Regional Board of ICCO
Government formulates policies to increase the genuine participation of youth in
resources allocated to youth programmes
partnership with government, sub regional organizations, which deal with youth
the visibility of youth programs at country levels.
leaders should put into place a Platform for experience sharing
the capacity of youth organizations in West Africa
youth organizations and advocacy for clearly defined policies in favor of the
Budget appropriation for youth groups
initiative promoting youth in priorities sectors
skill training and entrepreneurship in rural areas