Ministers Call for Increased Investment in Youth Activities

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The recommendation was made by the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers meeting that ended on Friday evening at Speke Resort Munyonyo. It was attended by delegations of youth ministers, young leaders, senior officials and stakeholders in youth development from 32 countries.

All Commonwealth member states are tasked to collect relevant youth-specific data to inform investment and policy-making in youth development over the next four years.

The recommendation was made by the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers meeting that ended on Friday evening at Speke Resort Munyonyo. It was attended by delegations of youth ministers, young leaders, senior officials and stakeholders in youth development from 32 countries.

The delegates called upon governments to investment in young people's needs,  increase budgetary allocations to youth ministries and explore innovative financing mechanisms.

"Ministers agreed to take steps to invest in gathering data, disaggregated by age, gender, disability and geography. They also agreed to work with Departments of Statistics and finance ministries to develop monitoring tools for facilitating the development of evidence-based policies and financing strategies for youth development," Gender Minister Janat Mukwaya said.

Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland said that such empirical data will knowledge and opportunity to make the right decisions. She added that by looking at that empirical data, working out what works and being able to make good economic arguments, youth leaders will be able to persuade finance ministries to spend smartly on youth activities.
 
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The Commonwealth Youth ministers also want national development plans and policies to include clearly defined and appropriate commitments for investment in youth.

Governments are also required to take steps to optimize the regulatory framework and enabling environment for businesses and encourage them to adopt practices for empowerment of young people.
 
Gender Minister Janat Mukwaya outlines the basket of demands as outlined in the communiqué.
 
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With these commitments and recommendations, ministers agreed to establish a Commonwealth Youth Ministerial Task Force to monitor progress on the recommendations in regard to youth development and provide advice and strategic direction in implementing them.
 
The meeting also resolved that the next Commonwealth Youth Ministers' meeting will be hosted by the Government of Jamaica in 2021.

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.