03:00PM to 05:00pm
SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Main Embassy road, G-6/3, Islamabad
Youth is fundamental part of “building or dismantling” of social capital in any circumstances and society . It is considered linchpin for development, prosperity, strengthening democracy and unity. Youth steer the process of wellbeing and democratization of a nation and shape the future for next generations. It has the potential and energy to combat the difficulties and search for innovative ways to resolve the issues. Youth also are motivated to play a positive and constructive role in building a society or national.
Despite the huge potential, energy and high level of motivation for development and peace the current scenario is not very encouraging. Youth have been got disoriented and involve in destructive activities, violence and crime which is a worrisome situation across the world. We can name the countries and go on accounting the number e.g. Mexico, Congo, Colombia, African countries and Pakistan is no exception. Pakistan is blessed with huge population of youth and it is estimated about 60 percent of population. According to Election Commission of 47.8 percent of registered voters were under the age of 35 years and 16.88 million voters (19.77 percent) were under the age of 26. Moreover, UNICEF data shows that 35 percent of population of Pakistan is below the age of 15 years. These figures are indication that youth will play a decisive role in future even in ensuring democracy through their voting power.
Youth can play a leading role in ensuring development, democracy and social wellbeing. However, strategies and policy framework is not well prepared to tackle this youth bulge and exploit the potential of youth. Owning to lacunas, weaknesses and absence of strategic framework and policies Pakistan is facing multiple challenges on this front.
Youth has become involved in destructive activities, violence and crimes. Reasons and circumstance can be different for involvement in such activities but fundamental issue is exclusion of youth in decision-making and implementation at all levels. Main problems in playing a positive role are; belonging, inclusion, participation, recognition and legitimacy. (Mbaenda, 2013 ). From his review of intervention by Action des jeunes pour le Développement Communautaire et la Paix9 (ADECOP), 2005-2012 in Congo he put forth the idea that if these issues are solved then youth can play a leading in social cohesiveness of a society.
Youth in Pakistan is also facing these problems. First in society, they are treated as follower and have minimum say in decision making or implementation plan. Lack of opportunity, policy framework and exclusion at societal level in decision making lead youth to get involve in destructive activities.
In the light of above mentioned facts SDPI in collaboration with UNDP is organizing a seminar on social exclusion of youth and its impact on national and development. We will also deliberate on possible way forward to devise a policy for inclusion of youth.