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To support an initial mapping of existing youth parliament initiatives in Asia-Pacific

Thailand (Thailand)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Thailand (Thailand)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Democratic Governance
    • Maritime
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-25

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Mission and objectives

Youth Co:Lab positions young people front and center in order to solve the region’s most pressing challenges. Co-created in 2017 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Citi Foundation, Youth Co:Lab aims to establish a common agenda for countries in the Asia-Pacific region to empower and invest in youth, so that they can accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship. Youth Co:Lab has been implemented in 25 countries and territories across Asia Pacific: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong (SAR), Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vanuatu and Viet Nam.

Context

Under a regional initiative aimed at boosting Asian youth’s interest and engagement in politics and democratic institutions, UNDP will lead the development of a digital engagement platform piloted in three countries: Bhutan, Pakistan and Timor-Leste to inform future parliament and government action. The digital platform will enable crowdsourcing of policy ideas, support consensus building on government priorities and help incite new ways of working. It will make use of machine learning for aggregation and analysis of online responses. The initiative will also build the capacity of young parliamentarians and youth networks to empower a new generation of leaders and enable them to implement adolescent and youth-led initiatives focused on resilient, inclusive, and green COVID-19 recovery at national and regional level. https://undp-ric.medium.com/digital-transformation-youth-and-parliaments-a-new-journey-in-asia-d1dffa59225a

Task description

The volunteer is expected to work with UNDP BRH Youth Unit to produce a mapping of existing youth parliament initiatives in APAC. Key questions are: Who is already working in the Youth and Parliament space? What type of data or research exists about them? Who provides support to these youth parliaments Where are they mostly located i.e. in schools, parliaments, external spaces? Do they have direct contact with parliaments and what impact do they have apart from capacity building of youth? What topics are they working on and how often do they meet?

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