Engaging Young People in Humanitarian Settings from Compact to Guidelines to Action in Nepal


The report emphasizes the urgency for organizations to prioritize young people in governmental policies and within their own structures for effective humanitarian response. The report underscores critical gaps in the engagement of young people by humanitarian organizations. It emphasizes the need for systematic youth engagement through the development of comprehensive youth strategies, encompassing programmatic and support functions, with measurable indicators to track progress. Furthermore, it advocates for meaningful inclusion of young people in inter-agency coordination structures and stresses the importance of recognizing and engaging diverse sub-groups of young individuals. Addressing challenges in Nepali cultural hierarchies, the report suggests certifying young people's skills, creating formal leadership opportunities, and conveying the importance of their involvement in decision-making to community members.

The report also highlights the impact of rural-to-urban migration, underscoring the necessity for anticipating and addressing such shifts in humanitarian response plans. Additionally, it emphasizes the pivotal role of local actors in connecting international organizations with local youth and encourages the formalization of these partnerships. The report underscores the need to build young people's capacities while safeguarding them during humanitarian responses and calls for advanced planning in cash transfer programming to meet their specific needs. Lastly, it urges immediate action to prioritize young people in governmental policies, within organizational structures, and across the broader humanitarian system.




Mercy Corps/ SIPA

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