We advocate on a number of issues by influencing policy on relevant global development and justice issues affecting young people. This will ensure that a development education perspective is reflected in the policies of the voluntary youth sector and that a voluntary youth sector perspective is reflected in the policies of development agencies, government departments, and statutory, voluntary and other bodies.
What we want to achieve
- Ensure that key national strategies and policies on development and global justice issues include a youth sector viewpoint. In addition, key youth sector strategies should reflect and complement national and international global justice perspectives.
- Demonstrate evidence of continued advocacy on priority global justice issues based on the Millennium Development Goals along with individual proactive and reactive initiatives responding to new developments and opportunities.
Young people are among the most vulnerable groups in the poorest parts of the world, but they are also important actors for development.
They are essential to the development of communities all over the world. Ireland has strong links with the Developing World through the work of missionaries and development NGOs, a committed Overseas Aid programme and an active development education sector, particularly working with young people. As active contributors to both the European Union and UN, we have the opportunity to influence rich countries’ relationships with the Developing World and the achievement of key poverty reduction targets, particularly the Millennium Development Goals.
NYCI and its member organisations have demonstrated a long-term commitment to global justice through the integration of development education into their programmes and activities.
- The youth sector is seen as a priority area for promoting development education in Irish Aid’s current Development Education Strategy 2007-2011 and we will work to ensure that the youth sector continues to be prioritised.
- Government must honour its commitment to reach the UN target of contributing 0.7% of GNP as ODA by 2015. A promise first made in 2000 and stated in ‘Towards 2016’.
- Work with Dóchas and IDEA to ensure a youth sector perspective informs the work of development, and development education, NGOs.
- Bring a youth perspective to the work of European development NGOs and influence the European Commission’s work through its representation on the Development Education Forum of Concord, the European network of development NGOs, and specifically as chair of the Youth Working Group.
- Advocate with the OMCYA for the full implementation of the new European Youth Strategy with a specific focus on the Youth and the World field of action.
There has been recognition of both the value and potential of NYCI and its member organisation’s development education work through the Irish Aid Development Education Strategy 2007-2011.
NYCI, along with key partners, successfully lobbied for the 0.7% target of GNP as ODA to be included in the text of ‘Towards 2016’.