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TIG/CLCWA- Nigeria National conference (October 12-14) Apply!!!!!
Aug 31st, 2007 - 12:14:35
Application for TIGNigeria Conference new.doc
Building Sustainable growth and Development in our Communities- Youth Access and Participation
Calabar 12-14 October, 2007
About the Conference
In October 2007 TakingITGlobal members will meet in Calabar through the Creating Local Connections in West Africa- Nigeria (CLCWA) project. The first National Conference on Building Sustainable Growth and Development in our Communities- will be held with the theme Youth Access and Participation. .
Around the world, greater engagement of youths and communities are becoming feature of many governments both public and private organizations. Young People expect to be involved and to have a say in the business of government and the decisions of organizations that affect their interests. Many are concerned about low levels of development and youth restiveness in our communities which have contributed to reduction in the trust in public and private institutions. This, in turn, affects decision- making and the achievement of social and economic development, and the environmental sustainability outcomes. Accordingly, some governments and organizations are responding with commitment to effective engagement of young people in developing programmes and projects. The need to provide a platform for young peoples participation and access becomes vital in order to guarantee sustainability and impact.
In many different contexts and at local, state, regional, national levels, there are private, tertiary and community organizations engaging in ways that are making a difference at worth hearing about and learning from.
This conference will provide delegates the opportunity to hear and share experiences with various stakeholders especially the youths. The conference is being designed to encourage youths active participation in community development and to encourage the development and maintenance of productive relationships between governments/ organizations and citizens/clients and other stakeholders. This will make it possible for young people to have access to their leaders/representatives through active and useful engagement as well as to get involved in opportunities around their communities through participation in policy development and implementation.
This three day event will provide participants with the opportunity to explore key regional and national issues/ challenges, share experiences, broaden their networks, develop action plans for key community development challenges, build their capacity on leadership and critical skills for community youth issues.
To achieve this, the conference is expanding this year -- containing these thematic areas to be address. This includes; ICT for Development, Health, Education, Poverty Alleviation and Job creation, Environment, Peace and Security.
Call for Abstract:
Let us know if youll like to present paper on any the above issues. Please submit your paper on or before 14th of September, 2007. The event organizers are encouraging young people to lead all the discussion and speeches.
The objectives of this conference include:
Ø Promote understanding of the concept of Youth Access and Participation in Community Development as well as the participative practices and its good governance,
Ø Explore what works: Showcase innovation and promote good practice in young peoples initiatives and participation in community development,
Ø Discuss and develop conceptual and theoretical frameworks and directions for the future with some key stakeholders,
Ø Build understanding and evidence of leadership, capacity and capability issues for youths/community and government/institutions,
Ø Create ongoing national and regional networks and collaboration creating community interest around issue awareness.
It is expected that the conference will be attended by senior members of government, leading senior executives from key international agencies, practitioners and representatives of the private sector, youth organizations, non-governmental organization and community based organizations.
Please find attached, the application information.
Jerry Chibu Nwigwe
National Coordinator- CLCWA- Nigeria
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