Our strategy has always been to look at today’s youth bulge as an opportunity for development and economic growth, and establish pathways to tackle the many specific issues facing our youth. This is why are the lead organisation for implementing a broad range of personal and professional development programs spanning democratic engagement, life skills, job activation, entrepreneurship, peace and conflict prevention, among others. To date, The New Democrats Party has reached 1.6 million young men and women with our projects and attracted major partners. Yet, TND’s desired impact is limited by its current position in the country’s leadership, and the need to recruit more members country wide to support our democratic values.
Any failure to provide appropriate opportunities for this large segment of the population could have enormous economic, political, cultural, and social consequences. Engaging the youth population fully is therefore no longer a choice but an imperative in the development process. This work advocates for, and analytically discusses, strategies for engaging the youth through empowerment, education, and employment.