THERE is a growing interest in the number of youths taking leadership positions across the country, says 2410 executive director Brenda Gondwe.

She urged Government to develop monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for existing global recommendations that would include more youth participation.

Ms Gondwe said supportive policies and laws for civic participation in social development endeavors had contributed to youth participation in social development activities.

She said the country needed to commit and expedite actions to, among other things, improve the wellbeing of its populace, help young girls to stay in school, increased access to job opportunities as well as social services.

Ms Gondwe called on Government to publicise the Youth Empowerment Fund (YEF) and ensure that guidelines were made available to the youth through establishment of key distribution points in the districts. She recommended that the state creates a more enabling environment for the youths to access credit and financing facilities. “On access to funding sources, research has shown that one of the major challenges the youth face is access to credit and other economic sources. Youths talked to revealed that the YEF was inadequate and not easily accessible to most youth in the country”, reads part of the statement.

And a survey conducted during the same period on health  concluded that Government should ensure that young people had meaningful participation in the allocation of resources at both local and national levels.

The survey focused on early pregnancy, maternal mortality, harmful traditional practices, access to sexual and reproductive rights, rights of minority youth and reproductive health among others.

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