Our work with youth in Sub-Saharan Africa
WYDE Civic Engagement project is a component of the Women and Youth in Democracy Initiative (WYDE) by the European Commission. The project seeks to enhance the involvement of youth in democratic processes at national, regional, and global levels.
The WYDE Civic Engagement is led by the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) and funded by the European Union. The project operates through 3 pillars: advocacy and research, capacity building of civil society and youth leaders and quick impact actions. More information on these pillars on the programme’s website.
The capacity building pillar implements 5 different project clusters, which are coordinated by EPD’s member organisations. These projects aim to engage young people in public affairs and empower them to advocate for youth inclusion.
Demo Finland, together with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), participates in a cluster led by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD). The Democracy Schools & Alumni Network project focuses on setting up Democracy Schools and alumni networks in East Africa. Democracy Schools address the underrepresentation of youth, and their needs and interests in politics and create a space for multi-party dialogue.
The project started in September 2022 and continues for 4 years.