News: Turning point for research evidence on youth and uncertainty in Ethiopia

Photo: Young men greeting each other in the street, Ethiopia. Photo credit: Francisco Anzola / Flickr licensed under CC-BY-2.0 (cropped)

22/05/2019

Researchers from YOUR World Research (also known as Insecurity and uncertainty: marginalised young people's living rights in fragile and conflict affected situations in Nepal and Ethiopia) shared findings from the three-year project at events on May 22 at Goldsmiths, University of London, and on 24 May at the University of Brighton.

Focusing on Ethiopia and Nepal, and on amplifying the voices of young people most impacted by marginalisation, the project has generated new knowledge about youth understandings of uncertainty, violence, poverty and rights, providing valuable insights into how to support and sustain pathways out of poverty for street connected and marginalised youth.

Since the Power of partnership: research to alleviate poverty conference which took place in New Delhi in December 2018, the Impact Initiative has been supporting the ESRC-DFID enabled YOUR World Research and Bridging the Gap projects to compare evidence and findings on disability and youth. Evidence from Bridging the Gap was highlighted at a National Youth Seminar which took place in Addis Ababa earlier this year. Both projects argue that there is a specific need to focus on the difficulties faced by disabled youth.

A new Ethiopian government, and Prime Minister, in April 2018 is proving to be a key turning point. This unique opportunity has aready opened up conversations with the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth (MoWCY), and (in the run-up to governmental changes in April), led to the opportunity of YOUR World Research both co-hosting the National Youth Seminar and feeding into the development of a new national youth policy. The timing of the National Youth Seminar in March was also key since the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth (MoWCY) are currently rewriting their National Youth Policy, and have emphasised that they want the policy to be inclusive and informed.

Ahead of the event, the Impact Initiative worked with the researchers to prepare stories describing barriers to education for disabled youth, and what it’s like being young and disabled in the city which were disseminated to policymakers on arrival, and an impact story Marginalised Youth Informing Policy and Practice in Ethiopia and Nepal. The latter included a quote from Matiyas Assefa Chefa, the Director-General of Youth Participation at the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth.

Watch this summary video of the National Youth Seminar, including interviews with the researchers and policymakers involved:

  

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