YUWA AAJA

In order to strengthen policy implementation, government and youth need to reflect, recognize and respect their self and shared responsibilities. Daayitwa, through Yuwa Aaja! Campaign, has been bolstering trust and interdependence between the government and the youth to tackle domestic youth unemployment issues together.  As part of the DFID-funded Skills for Employment Programme (SEP), this project supports the technical assistance provided by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).  
The first cycle of the programme brought together 30 motivated and responsible Nepalese youths rigorously selected at local (Tansen and Bagnaskali municipalities, Palpa), provincial (Province 5, Butwal), and federal levels. These young campaigners advocated for policy issues such as the dignity of labour, access to information, technical education, agriculture, and tourism.   Few memorable milestones were achieved. At the municipal level, one group successfully campaigned for allocation of budget for off-season vegetable farming, while the other garnered buy-in of Tourism Action Committee Tansen for promoting youth-led enterprises for Rani Mahal promotion. At the provincial level, the Ministry of Social Development, during the Final Review Public event in Butwal, expressed an interest in collaborating with more youths to design their policies through evidence based research. Accordingly, Daayitwa placed a researcher in Ministry of Social Development (MoSD), Province 5, as Daayitwa Fellow to investigate various ways to promote youth employment through youth entrepreneurship.  At the federal level, the MoLESS has decided to incorporate stories of entrepreneurs in the soon-to-be launched dignity of labour campaign, part of their Prime Minister’s Employment Program (PMEP).  

Yuwa Aaja! operates based on the following theory of change: if innovation and leadership capability of youth is enhanced through action learning, they will address youth employment barriers through collective advocacy because they will realize and act upon their self-responsibilities for nation building.  The programme builds on 4 principles, agreed upon with the project development partners – ILO and DFID – during the program commencement: 
Young people will be enabled to advocate for the issues that matter to them
Young people will be enabled to act as agents of social change 
Young people will be engaged in the development solutions to their country 
Programming of supporting development partners will have a stronger youth lens

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