Thursday, 14 February 2008

Youth Initiation in Socio-Political Community Enhancement

Problem/Issue Statement
Most of the south Asian countries have traditional stereo-type of social structure especially based on religious values and a patriarchal society with aged male domination in decision making in family and society. Dependency is a major problem in this region, woman with man, children with patents and developments with donor agencies. Youth creativity is not considered as a vital energy for social changes in community development. The pre-existed social structures are based on aged are matured enough to grip and handle to legacy. In national politics, from local level to center old values and opinion holder static aged senior leaders have held the position. Youth, women and children inclusion are not considered as importance in decision making process in community development and socio- political enhancement. Youth creativity does not count as the power to change the society and can make huge contribution in community development. The problem of brain drain is hugely considerable.
Due to social-economic discrimination, exploitation, exclusion, inequality, power centralization, unequal distribution of resources and lack of accessibility of people to resources, Nepal has under gone a 12 years long arm conflict which has came to end 2 year before in 7 political parties’ consensus. They have singed in broad peace accord to restructure Nepal reforming it with news system to establish through Constituent Assembly Poll. While talking about Nepal, 38% of total population of 27 million is youths but they are not found in main stream politics, social structures and governance policy. Most of the power holders in politics and socio-economic structure are static type of aged people. Most if the political leaders are old who keeps view in traditional way and use slow moving steps in fastest globalization process of technical world. Some of youth who come with new vision, mission and goal to change country to keep in main stream of development making competitive in socio-economic and political aspect with other country are passed by regressive force. Women are less literate, educate, employed and deprived from state providing facilities in Nepal. With such huge potentiality of natural sources in water, and herbs, agriculture, and tourism, country has facing big unemployment problem. Youth are fugitive to other country for earning. A generation gap between old and youth is huge; they are not in mutual cooperative way of working for community development. Youth leading in local to center level acting committee significantly less. Most of the youth are out of country, some of them have been to attain further study in developed country and many from poor rural society are in hard physical work in Middle East country of Asia for surviving. Political vision for community development is traditional, dependency based with donor, add provider, foreign loan and center centric policy. Bribery, corruption, nepotism, partiality, biasness and self-centric personal development are major issues in Nepali politics which hinder high potential pick up of socio-economic development of country through optimum utilization of available resources. Old political leaders with static values and traditional way of thinking who hold power, position and government without any concrete defined goal mission vision and plan to lead the country toward affluence doesn’t think and work for people. The youth with new, vision, mission, creativity, civilization and defined plan to achieve target resulted are not encouraged to take part in plan and policy making, acting structural body and leading political position to make decision. No culture to empower and encourage including new dynamic creative youth in national politic, and no system has yet formed to make proportional representation of youth in decision making of development. Without getting significant role and countable equal participation in national politic, which plays the vital role for decision making in national socio-economic development youth are getting run away being pessimistic. If the problem of brain drains continues and youth are over-shadowed time and again and the opinion and new vision is underestimated country might not get rid from such unhealthy practice of misusing of power and authority that brings unsolved civil-conflict in the country. There are so many unsolved problems of ethnics, indigenous and dalits (untouchable cast) people. The sate has not yet properly addressed the issues of such excluded and minority groups. In the present context of Nepal without youth initiation nothing can be dynamically change happens soon.

Proposal Ideas/Issues to Address
An organization which could address the issues of such country like Nepal with great initiation and involvement of youth should be formed. To hear the voice of minority, excluded and women in decision and policy making there would be a network mechanism and proper system for community level structure. I here wish to from an International organization which can do a lot of charity and fund raising work in developed country and support to empowered and enhanced capacity of youth in these country who take initiation in all level and steps of state structuring strategy. With new vision, mission, creativity and plan in news modern and dynamic way youth can use their creative energy upwards for community development.
The project targets the grassroots level of community level and improves social structure upward to center national level for structuring new system. Specially the new to be formed organization work for organizing youth, empowering them providing education, training and helping to create possible employment service in local level utilizing available resources and enhance them to lead most of the social and political institution. That makes a system from local level and slowly goes up to center level. The organization might works of building capacity of youth in community who have high potentiality of creative energy and use it for development. They would be encouraged to take part and represent the groups, community, and society which productively find a lay out for affluent society.
The organized, empowered and self-employed youth who lives at their community can do advocacy and lobby for socio-economic and political rights which work to build an affluent and civilized developed community. They also can create pressure and make accountable their representative for transparent work of social development.
Concerning to Nepal, targeting to far- and mid-western of Nepal which part is less developed HRD record, we can make a radio program (produce and broadcast) targeting youth (14 to 40 age groups) on contemporary issues of youth based on local interaction, discussion, public hearing which can be linked to center level broadcasting. The program aims to encourage them to take part in the main stream development and to initiate for leading cooperate in decision making, peace keeping and policy making in community structure, empowered them for non-partisan politics to play facilitator role for peace building, and build up their capacity to create self-employment utilizing available local resources. The program air through the local FM and at the same time to achieve the behavioral, knowledge and attitude change objectives, conduct a movement to mobilize youth through pre-existed and -forming new where no pre-formed -groups clubs, committee can work with community activities creating conducive environment with providing them facilities and supports.

Project Rational
Youth are vital creative energy to transform community, society country and the world through new dynamic way of modern civilization. They should not be overshadowed and overheard. They should come to main stream policy making and decision making process in every level. If they are encouraged and empowered, the brain drain problem will be solved and can use their creatively for community support work, like infrastructural development, building road, bridge, hydro-power, school, health post from available local resources. They also play vital role for policy and plan making without biasness but in favor of community. They lead in politics to establish civilized healthy system of accountability, democracy, transparency, peace, equality, inclusion, equity, of governance system. Youth are considered in international and national level as great potential energy for social reformation though in practice hardly implemented. Piles of documents with good thoughts and ideas can not bring transformation but a single action steps can shows a proof of it.

Over all Objectives
Reform a prosperous developed democratic community of good governance, participation, equality and inclusion transforming it through youth initiation of representation in all level of socio-political structure and policy and decision making process.

Specific measurable objectives
To organize youth and empower them to initiate possible infrastructure development using available resources in community and strengthen then for lobbing and advocacy of socio-economic and political rights
Encourage youth to participate in local governance structure, acting committee, working groups, socio-political institution, and development organization making proportionate representation in all level
To build up capacity of youth to lead socio-political organization and institution giving valuable contribution in policy and decision making for community development

· Formulate new youth working groups and mobilizing them for all community development works or empowered existed youth group to initiate at all level of community development works, decision and policy making activities.

· Provide training to selected youth from the organized group to initiate and facilitate all type of leading role in community.

. Organized mass meet, workshop and interaction program in community level with local youth expert to realize youth initiation for all level of community development work and their role in all to lead with proportionate representation in social-political organization and institution.

. Provide vocational and income generating training as required of the community demands for self employment and make it sustainable providing them basic guideline supportive equipment.

. Conduct feasibility baseline study for utilization of available resources to create employment opportunities.

. Mobilize local FM radio and all type of media for advocacy for youth initiation in socio-economic and political development of Nepal linking local issue to main-stream center level up to concerned stakeholder.

. The organized youth (formulated group) conduct a local radio discussion in as public hearing on public concern issues, that would be broadcasted through FM station in local and center level

Targeted Project areas
In broad South Asian Country
Specific, Nepal or more specific mid and far west of Nepal

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