Regional Youth Exchange Forum: Challenges of the new generation in the context of legitimacy crisis
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Regional Youth Exchange Forum:
Challenges of the new generation in the
context of legitimacy crisis
Hammamet, 9th – 11th
almost all CSOs in the countries witnessing political transformation youth have
emerged as a shared focus in filling the void created by the lack of government
attention towards meeting requirements of the youth group. Such an important
trend strongly corresponds with the Foundation for the Future’s mission and
objectives, and the respective strategy developed recently in response to the
political changes started in Tunisia over two years ago and infiltrated into
other countries in the region. Hence, the Foundation’s office in Tunis captured
this amalgamation of interests in prioritizing youth engagement and bringing their
relevant interests to the forefront to become major components in its
respective action plans.
the Foundation for the Future organized a Regional Youth Exchange Forum in the
Tunisian town of Hammamet during 9th – 11th October 2013,
which was held at the International Cultural Center / Dar Sebastient.
Forum provided a unique opportunity for the participants to share their
relevant experiences through this rich interaction and debate and consequently develop
recommendations at the end of each workshop. The discussion groups consisted of 14 workshops according to
the different topics the Forum addressed in relations to democracy in the
Middle East and North Africa, focusing on the following issues:
Defining and analyzing youth participation in the decision-making
Transitional democracy and crises of
Expectations of young people in the MENA
Youth and Media
The last session of the Forum was designated for
summarizing all recommendations that could be highlighted as follows:
a full report on the Forum’s deliberations and agenda to the government.
· Agreeing to
work on a particular proposal through a commission and monitor its impact on
a network supervised by the Foundation for the Future.
regular meetings to follow up on the recommendations and monitor their impact
in the youth communities.
training sessions for youth on capacity building.
It is expected that the participants to the Forum
will pursue this important opportunity by developing joint initiatives and
launching a youth network throughout the MENA region.