To mark this year’s International Youth Day, the Dgroups Foundation and KM4Dev will convene a facilitated online dialogue on Youth in Dialogues. The aim is to bring together experiences where dialogue and other processes have explicitly worked with youth or sought to amplify their voices on development and humanitarian issues.
RealKM Magazine is pleased to support this event, with knowledge management and innovation being one of five priority areas identified in Youth2030: The United Nations Youth Strategy.
Development and humanitarian organisations increasingly want to include and act upon the knowledge of young people – their voices, opinions, and insights. This is often done by setting up specific youth dialogues and fora, by inviting youth into other events and activities, and by giving roles to young people in programs and projects.
We can see an appetite from young people to actively contribute to dialogue and debate on a wide range of technical, societal, and policy questions. We also observe that young people are digitally connected as never before and they use digital platforms and tools differently than previous generations.
As we look forward, how can we best include young voices in dialogues? And what can we learn from the ways that youth engage online, to better respond to their aspirations and needs and devise more inclusive online dialogues?