TODAY -

Youth and governance : A bird's eye view around the globe
- Part 2 -

Prof. CJ O'Brien *

United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders)



'Age considers. Youth Ventures".

The next on this score, another topic to take into account is 'Democracy and Good Governance' with specific context to South Sudan. Democracy must be based on particular conditions of each society, but also on the shared values of equal dignity and rights of human beings. The notion of good governance and democracy is centre-stage for development. Good governance has broad principles-Transparency/ Accountability/ Fiscal Responsibility/ good leadership and Respect for Human Rights and Rule of Law. When one talks about youth governance, it is proper to mention here about U.N Youth Agenda which literally plays a major role in the entire global trend.

In fact, a close look at the historical development of the U.N Youth Agenda indicates the relevance of three fundamental base themes to Youth Policies. Starting in 1965, PEACE became the theme most closely connected with Youth Policy. In subsequent decades, participation and develop were recognized as key themes of global youth policy. The General Assembly designated 1985, International Youth Year and identified the goals of participation, development, governance peace as priorities.

As a matter of fact, youth being violent, as on today, there is extensive evidence of youth not only being peaceful but of being agents to positive change. However, this phenomenon has not been analysed by academic research. How many young people are violent and how many young people are peace builders. Youth are primary actors in grass roots community development relation. They are the front-liners of peace building and Good Governance.

In this context again, the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) is a global network of young people and youth organisation active in the field of peace buildings and conflict transformation. It was founded in 1989 in the Netherlands after a meeting of approximately 40 idealistic youth people from various parts of the world.

It works to enhance the capacities of young people as peace building before institutions such as the United Nations and its agencies and the European Union. It is also engages in a range of additional activities such as networking, sharing of information via e-groups and publication, peer-to-peer support through a pool of resource persons, fund raising and administrative support for small youth peace organisation. This network shows capacity of the youth to organise in a trans-national network, both to help each other to improve their peacebuilding skills through peer-to-peer learning and exchange as well as to advocate for the inclusion of youth in peace processes.

These three interrelated themes continue to reflect the overall objectives of World Programme of Action. The International Youth Year established a base line for social and political thinking on Youth matters and, most importantly, pointed states and communities in a specific direction that allowed them to demonstrate their concern for young people in concrete terms and to establish youth themselves to influence the course of their own lives. The declarations and programmes of United Nations global conferences constitute another normative basis for global youth policy.

The participation of young people in decision making process in the continent is at the heart of social and political discourse. The motion of good governance is located within the broad principles that all stakeholders' participation is required in decision-making and Governance. As a matter of fact, young people continue to be subdued and relegated to Youth Wing of political parties and been used as agents to amass political power.

In this context, the United Nation aims to enhance awareness of the global situation of the Youth and of the rights and aspiration of young people. It works towards greater participation of youth in the social and economic life of their societies.

After a bird's eye view on Youth and Governance and Youth in Governance, in different countries and the UN now, I will fail in my duty, if do not speak or write on the role of Indian of youth in governance. To start with, at the stroke of the midnight hour on 15th August 1947, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru promised his fellow Indian and the people of the world a tryst with destiny.

Today that prophecy seems to be on the verge of being fulfilled as India is on the verge of the emerging as new economic super power. What has driven this success story is the contribution of India's youth whole talents, brain and energy have led to innovation. As years rolled by, it was our former Prime Minister Mr Rajiv Gandhi, who first initiated the role in governance. He introduced a provision whereby people could vote when they were 18, earlier it was 21. But out here we are trying to discuss the actual role that youth can play in governance.

Usually governance is carried out by two organisations; first the civil services and second the political parties. It is in civil services that people are recruited on the basis of merit, and in politics on the basis of election. Since political leaders and their parties are not more aware of the public needs and demands because of regular speech and meetings, they (political parties and leaders) usually frame policies, and the civil servants do the implementation job.

Looking at it the other way round, how about civil servants who frame the policies and political parties and the leaders do the job of communicating the policy to the general public. And the political parties give feedback on how the policy is being implemented and the general response.

But if civil servants make policies and political parties implement them, this goes against the whole concept of democracy. Because when the people elect their representatives they want them to frame the policies and decide what is good and what is not. But on the other hand, the political leaders are not experts in the field of economics, finance, public administration, but civil servants are, so they play very influential role, when it is agreed that good governance, democracy and constitutionalism and national building are heavy shaped by the quality of a country's politics.

But lest we forget, it is important to remember that India's youth had played an important role in bringing about the Independence of our beloved nation. Gandhiji's strenuous call "Quit India" touched the heart and minds of countless India's young people, both boys and girls, and the resultant energy contributed to the winning of India's independence. Suddenly the youth of India found themselves in a position to change the political reality around them, and ever since the relationship between youth and governance has never been the save in our country. Therefore, good governance requires the understanding and participation of every members of the society.

Media and important form through whose role, channels and context are considered powerful enough to make this achievement a reality. Media is a carrier of information to the people. The role of media is very important for the proper functioning of democracy. It is often referred to, as the 'fourth pillar of democracy'. Considering the role of media, in developing country such as India, it has a great responsibility to fight backward ideas such as superstitions, casteism and communalism. It also needs to help people in their struggle against poverty and other social evils. Since a large section of people is backward and ignorant, it is the responsibility of the media to bring modern ideas and remove their ignorance for Good Governance.

Media play an important role in promoting government's policies, important national issues such as problems of youth, unemployment, victims of corruption, terrorism so on and so forth. In this connection, if one remembers, the case of media activism, in some high profile cases such as Jessica Lal and Aarushi Talwar of Delhi are notable. Similarly, youth and governance is focused through plays serials, and commentaries. With all the aspects discussed in general Good Governance has been the key concept for democracy development in many countries around the world during the past few decades. Further, the key functions in response to the needs of its citizens, is to be accountable for what it does.

To sum up, Youth Governance refers to the practice of having young people to work in partnership with adults to establish the policies, goals, and activities for a program. This practice can take the shape of youth serving on boards or of youth taking on other decision making roles.

It is critical that all adults understand and agree on the purpose and goals for involving youth in their programs. There is a common misconception that adults may hold that youth will want to run key aspects of program or project. However, experience suggests that young people want to share responsibilities with adults as opposed to doing everything themselves.

In fact, young people welcome and need adult participation in the forms of coaching modelling of behaviour and sharing tasks because they have limited experience in designing, planning and executing programs, which make youth to play as a tool of Positive Change in the promotion of Good Governance , moral and social perspectives around the globe. Therefore, the motto today 'NOT ME BUT YOU'-The Youth.

Concluded


* Prof. CJ O'Brien wrote this article for Hueiyen Lanpao (English Edition)
The writer is at Department of English, Manipur University
This article was posted on August 06, 2013.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.


LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Japan Lan- 2nd World War for Manipur #1
  • Manipuri in Kolkata Sports Meet: Gallery
  • Sangai Fest: Assam : Gallery
  • List of Public Holidays for 2019
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Preparing children for sample collection
  • Your beauty still doesn't fade :: Poem
  • Governor's void ordinance: A legal opinion
  • Tattooed With Taboos #2 : Review
  • List of General Holidays for 2019
  • Sangai Fest: Paragliding : Gallery
  • Basanta-Bobby's Raas Leela at Guwahati
  • Competitiveness of Manipur #2
  • Terrorism & Technology - III
  • Certificate distribution at West Sikkim
  • The challenges
  • From History to RBI Governor
  • Can achieve integration only if united
  • Apangba Manao :: Funga Wari
  • Sangai : Evening @BOAT #4 : Gallery
  • Nupi Lan : Women Agitation, 1939-40 #3
  • Aquatic edible insects of Loktak
  • Pet dogs on a killing spree
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • Life is a beauty :: Poem
  • Certificate distribution at East Sikkim
  • Of good governance
  • Let's celebrate womanhood too
  • Mary Kom - Meethoileima : Gallery
  • Cultivation of low Chilling Apple Variety
  • Sangai Fest: Nagaland : Gallery
  • Human Rights Day & Draconian law
  • Oh! Joy of being veteran
  • War and Peace :: Poem
  • Bali Jatra- Odisha's maritime heritage
  • Understanding nature's gift
  • SC stand on victims of rape
  • Nupi Lal Ningsing Lamjel #1: Gallery
  • Chingningthou, Chaonu :: eMing
  • Chengni Khujai: Insurgency Chronicle #2
  • Taboo of Casteism in Manipur
  • Cry of a Dying River - 57 :: Poem
  • Understanding CMA as career
  • Smallest Child's Heart operated at SKY
  • Channeling the drive
  • Big anti-incumbency factor: Lok Sabha poll
  • Lamklai Kummoi Maring Fest #3: Gallery
  • Nupi Lan : Women Agitation, 1939-40 #2
  • Sangai Day 1: Inauguration #4 : Gallery
  • Tibetan Refugees in India :: Review
  • Nongpok Thong Hangba ...opportunities
  • Significance of Panti Neimei
  • Memoirs of love :: Poem
  • Developers required for Jobsenz @ NIELIT
  • On assembly election victory of Congress
  • The day after tomorrow
  • Kudos to rights defenders
  • Sangai Fest: Maibi Jagoi : Gallery
  • NEROCA FC Vs Indian Arrows : Gallery
  • Nupi Lan : Women Agitation, 1939-40 #1
  • Promoting Human Rights: A Perspective
  • Khongji :: Poem
  • Surveying tigers: A big challenge in Manipur
  • Terrorism & Technology - II
  • Silencing significance of Human Right Day
  • Trun up to Parliamentary polls: Issues
  • Deteriorating Tumukhong Village road
  • Sangai Fest: Chareng Len : Gallery
  • International Mountain Day, 2018
  • Loudness not ok please
  • A wounded Pine Tree :: Poem
  • Natural remedies for hair growth
  • BEHS office inaugurated at Motbung
  • Tattooed With Taboos :: Review
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Stone Forest @Yunnan, China : Gallery
  • Eerie, Eerier, Eeriest :: Review
  • Sangai Fest: Muay Thai : Gallery
  • ..that made me fall in love with Naga
  • Research Support Officer wanted
  • Condemns arrest of Journalist Wangkhem
  • Programs at Public Health Foundation
  • Fixing the broken window
  • Head count of dogs !!
  • Pari Imom (Film) #2 :: eRang
  • Matheous Thingbaijam Cycling NE: Gallery
  • Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2019
  • Tests for allergies
  • Cycling across NE: Matheous Thingbaijam
  • Site Officer/ Manager @R-Square Design
  • Armed Forces Flag Day celebrated
  • A lasting legacy
  • 'Stray dogs' as predators
  • Sangai Day 3: Pung Chollom #2: Gallery
  • Thai Princess @Imphal Airport: Gallery
  • Fashion Show @Sangai Fest #1: Gallery
  • Mysterious Animal Attack of Manipur
  • Khelen Thokchom Media Fellowships
  • Career option in Purchase Management
  • Terrorism & Technology - I
  • Intimidation to media person
  • Ban on hunting migratory birds
  • Manipuri Diaspora in Myanmar #3
  • Sangai Day 3: Pena: Gallery
  • I am a beautiful HIV Virus :: Poem
  • Teacher & Student: Stop eroding education
  • Diaspora unites at Thadou Nampi, USA
  • Deciding Mary's title :: WJ
  • A good man perspective
  • Now people need to extend co-operation
  • Day 3: Kabi Burnan : Gallery
  • Art meets Fashion : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 5: @ BOAT #3: Gallery
  • NAF announces Annual Scholarship
  • Preventing methods to save livestock
  • How Do You Do ? :: Poem
  • Competitiveness of Manipur
  • Shattered dream - "The Smart city"
  • Arrest, release & re-arrest of young man
  • Ningol Chakouba @ MBC #3 : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 3: Thang Ta #3: Gallery
  • Stalls at Hapta Kangjeibung #1: Gallery
  • How do you see 'disability' today ?
  • I don't exist without polo: Rafael Secco
  • The Road :: Poem
  • Students needed for cultural revolution?
  • Hard stand, hard decision
  • Cong rolling up sleeves ahead of LS polls
  • Day 8 : Arambai Langba : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 2: Evening Program #3: Gallery
  • The Midnight Hunter : Analysis
  • Art exhibition "Art meets Fashion"
  • The Haipi Lho-lhun Kut
  • Gaudiya Vaishnavism in Meitei Nation #3
  • Sangai Day 9: Thadou Dance: Gallery
  • Sangai Chef: Cooking Final : Gallery
  • Han Kang's The White Book
  • Sangai Day 4: Yubi Lakpi : Gallery
  • Sangai Chef: Season 1 Cooking Final
  • Disaster Management Course at NEHU
  • Training on Online Fact Checking
  • Clarify : Impact of Act East Policy
  • On the series of Killing of Livestock..
  • Today is World AIDS Day
  • From entrails to body now
  • NESO : abolish Citizenship Bill
  • NEC building cultural centre at Delhi
  • 12th Manipur Polo Intl #1 : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 9: Kabui Dance : Gallery
  • Day 5: Stalls @Keibul Lamjao: Gallery
  • Sangai Day 2: Holi Pala #1: Gallery
  • Importance of TESOL in Government School
  • Farewell to Lt Gen LN Singh, VSM**
  • Waphong Inthan - A failed village
  • On the arrest of Kishorchand
  • Blank Editorial
  • Predator or predators on the prowl
  • Thai Princess visit Kangla #1: Gallery
  • December Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • Sangai Day 8: Mukna Kangjei #1: Gallery
  • Sangai Day 2: Evening Program #2: Gallery
  • Polo grows on you: Col Tarsem
  • Rediscovery of Gangmumei Kamei: Review
  • For whom does she cry ? :: Poem
  • DG Assam Rifles visits Manipur
  • Detention of TV journalist not fair
  • Arrest of 8 mountaineers from Manipur
  • Sangai Day 4: Lai Haraoba #1: Gallery
  • Bangladesh Manipuri Students : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 3: Pung Chollom #1: Gallery
  • We have a balanced team: George Shelton
  • Cry of a Dying River - 56 :: Poem
  • Sangai with Sumo & Samba ?
  • Morphing : An innocent loses her life
  • Bangladesh Manipuri students at Sylhet
  • Thai princess visits Kangla Fort
  • Olympics gold my dream : Mary Kom
  • Exploring the beaten path
  • Opening up Manipur: Visa office assurance
  • Thai Princess Sirindhorn @Sangai : Gallery
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2018 #5: Gallery
  • Sangai Day 6: Pherzawl Dance : Gallery
  • Manipuri Maichou 7 :: Book Review
  • Chandon :: Poem
  • Conservation of biodiversity
  • Defers proposed indefinite highway bandh
  • 19th Hornbill Festival at Kisama
  • Sangai stops dancing
  • Mary Kom: Epitome of sporting excellence
  • Sangai Day 5: Evening Prog #1 : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 5: Thailand Dance : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 2: Imphal Art Camp : Gallery
  • Edward Armstrong - USA Polo Team
  • An abrupt journey to an oasis of blue bull
  • Winter Blues :: Poem
  • Technical Internship Training for Japan
  • NPF on Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister
  • A ditch to Technology
  • Border row: India Myanmar, sacrificial lamb
  • Sangai Day 4: Pena Esei :Gallery
  • Day 5: Sangai Chef: Season 1 : Gallery
  • Sangai Day 2: Evening Program #1: Gallery
  • Sangai Festival 2018: Turning into a Mela?
  • Sumo Wrestling: popular event in Sangai
  • Sangai Chef: Season 1: Cooking : Day 5
  • Truths in rumours & humours
  • PANE Conference organized at AUDC
  • Sangai Day 2: Dance from Kamjong: Gallery
  • Sangai Day 3: Thang Ta #1: Gallery
  • Can we have the Sangai festival daily?
  • Sangai Day 2: Sumo Wrestling #1: Gallery
  • Mera Kongchat Mass Rally #4: Gallery
  • Sangai Chef: Season 1 : Day 1
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Mera Wayungba #2 : Gallery
  • Ningol Chakouba @Pune : Gallery
  • ChingTam Ningol Chakouba @Goa: Gallery
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Mysore #2 : Gallery
  • Laija (Film Scenes) #1 :: eRang
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Dubai #2 : Gallery
  • Rajkumar Jhaljit : Sahityaratna 2017
  • Ningol - mapam lamdam : Gallery
  • Mera Houchongba @Konung #3: Gallery
  • Fabrics of Bangladeshi Manipuri: Download
  • Eepan Thaba #1: Gallery
  • Manipuri Calendar for 2018 : Download
  • mtM :: Seireng
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #4: Gallery
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS