Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Commonwealth Youth Council and Commonwealth Foundation unlock Partnership potentials

The Commonwealth Youth Council, in its efforts to broaden the scope for partnerships, opportunities, and advancement of youth development agenda, had a productive meeting with senior officials of the Commonwealth Foundation.

The meeting which was facilitated by the Commonwealth Youth Programme, provided the opportunity for both organizations to share their activities and programmes, with a view to exploring potentials for joint-collaboration, in support of young people in the Commonwealth.

The meeting was attended by the Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, Vijay Krishnarayan, Chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council, Ahmed Adamu, Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, Myn Garcia, Director of Youth Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Katherine Ellis, Programme Manager of the Commonwealth Foundation, Diana Atungire-Ocaya (the order is presented as in the picture below). Messeh Leone from the CYC Secretariat was also present.

The meeting focused on Commonwealth Youth Council’s potentials in helping to enhance youth-led projects, awareness and capacities of youth organisations to access funding from the Commonwealth Foundation’s grant programme; the promotion of national and regional youth participation in policy and decision makings; and the effective participation of youth in tracking the post-2015 consultations and recommendations from Commonwealth member states and institutions.

The Commonwealth Foundation welcomed CYC’s Youth Campaign Again Election Violence (Y-CAEV) project to be launched across Commonwealth countries and applauded it as good model for youth engagement in participatory governance, being a key focus of the Commonwealth Foundation. Y-CAEV is been identified as one of the areas for collaboration. The Commonwealth Foundation looks forward to receiving CYC’s strategic plan to identify areas for partnership.

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