During the 23rd Governing Council YAB members were fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with members from the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) team, including Eirik Sorlie and Siraj Sait.
The GLTN’s main objective is to contribute to poverty alleviation and the Millennium Development Goals through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure.
The GLTN originates from requests made by Member States and local communities world-wide to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), who initiated the network in cooperation with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the World Bank, in 2006.
Our meeting focused on how their research group can work with youth to incorporate youth perspectives into land issues. Staff and researchers were very receptive to YAB input and after fruitful discussion some key conclusions were reached. The following provides a brief overview:
- Defining youth is very important as there are significant differences between age groups of 12 -24 and 25 -32;
- Youth branches of professional organizations could be important actors on youth and land issues;
- It is vital that youth are put at the same table as other partners and not always separated;
- It is important to build youth capacity on land issues and use language that is accessible to youth (e.g. “youth in informal settlements” and “youth and rural livelihoods”);
- Similar to goals to achieve ‘adult diversity’, involve a mix of youth professionals and grassroot youth in GLTNs work.
We look forward to continuing to consult with the GLTN as the research progresses!