Adolescents and youth are in the center of UNFPA’s mandate and are integrated in all advocacy efforts and program worldwide. In Sudan the youth make up a significant proportion of the population. The 15-35 and 10-35 age groups make up 34% and 46% of the total population respectively. The annual population growth rate is high at 2.5 per cent, due to the high total fertility rate (5.2 children per woman) 1*. Although approximately two thirds of all Sudanese live in rural areas, there has been a rapid increase in the urban population, predominantly in the national and state capitals. The national youth strategy places a commitment towards prioritizing the needs of young people with respect to education, health and well-being, economic participation and social cohesion. Later on, they can contribute to harnessing the demographic dividend if well-equipped and given the opportunity.
Over the years UNFPA has worked in close collaboration with other UN agencies, government, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), including youth serving organizations in mobilizing global commitment to respond to young people’s realities and needs in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health. UNFPA’s Strategic plan recognizes that young people’s health, education, skills-building and overall development are of utmost global urgency for sustained socio-economic development. Investing in young people’s development is the most strategic (and cost-effective) intervention for achieving all the sustainable development goals.
UNFPA Country Office in Khartoum is therefore seeking to identify 10 Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) members to allow young people the opportunity to lead and advocate for their own development, strengthen young people's leadership and meaningful engagement with government, UN Agencies, NGOs and all other developmental stakeholders especially on issues concerning them.
The Youth Advisory Panel:
In 2009, UNFPA Sudan established a Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) to actualize our commitment to empower young people to participate in decisions that affect their lives and express their views and opinions in accordance with basic human rights principles. The YAP gives young people a voice and helps to guide UNFPA’s priority-setting in this core area of our mandate and involves young people and youth-serving organizations in advising UNFPA in the design of youth-friendly policies and programs from a results-based perspective. The YAP demonstrates a shift away from working for young people, to working in partnership with young people to ensure youth-friendly approaches and action.
Purpose of the Youth Advisory Panel
Scaling up youth participation in shaping and advancing the youth agenda in Sudan through meaningful and active engagement in adolescents and youth programs and events led by UNFPA at country and regional levels.