Regional Youth Leaders Gather to Discuss Evidence-based Policy Development

Jun 2, 2015

BRIDGETOWN – With unemployment, under-employment, poverty, social exclusion and other challenges facing youth in the Caribbean, there needs to be a concerted effort to insure that youth policies are developed based on empirical data in order to maximize their reach and effectiveness.

Based on this precept, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Sub-regional Office for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), in conjunction with the United Nations Department for Economics and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Commonwealth Secretariat today hosted a workshop entitled “Evidence-based Policies on Youth Development in the Caribbean.”

The workshop will span three days and caters to over forty participants from agencies addressing youth development issues, as well as civil society organizations, youth leaders and youth–led organisations.

Mr. Stephen O’Malley, Resident Representative for UNDP Barbados and the OECS shared that the meeting was an opportunity for policy makers and youth from the across the Caribbean, to discuss the development issues which affect their lives, communities and their countries and how to better incorporate those issues in order to have a greater impact on youth development within the Caribbean. During his opening remarks, he noted that, “such a discussion is incomplete if we do not discuss the importance of good quality data in order to guide the way we formulate policy in the Caribbean. While effective decision making requires good advice, it is also dependent on the use of evidence, not only in formation of policy, but also in evaluating impacts once implemented.”

The workshop aims to raise awareness about evidence-based policies on youth and to strengthen the capacity of participants to monitor and evaluate such policies using quantitative approaches and localization of internationally agreed indicators. The ability to apply participatory process will also be enhanced.

UNDP recognizes the key role youth have in shaping the region’s future and are committed to facilitating initiatives which advance youth policy development.

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