With young people leading democratic reform efforts around the world, CIPE's youth programs empower and engage youth as the political and business leaders of tomorrow. For progress and reform to take hold, young people must play an active role in advancing democratic and market-oriented reform. Even though their engagement is vital in formulating effective public policy, youth are too often excluded from political and economic policymaking. Without institutional avenues for voicing their opinion, strikes and street protests become the only opportunity for young people to be heard.

CIPE works closely with its partners to provide young people around the world with the tools they need to become capable leaders, helping them to effectively shape their countries’ future. Through entrepreneurship initiatives and partnerships with civil society organizations CIPE programs create openings for youth engagement in the policymaking process and empower young people to be self-dependent and take initiative.

Youth Programs at CIPE

Through its programs and international partnerships, CIPE acts to empower youth in these areas:

  • Educate youth on entrepreneurship, business management, and civic leadership.
  • Provide youth with the necessary tools to become effective leaders and represent their own views.
  • Equip business associations to engage youth populations in the policymaking process.
  • Provide opportunities for youth to share their ideas regarding democratic and market-oriented reforms.

Read more about CIPE's youth programs.

Related Publications

International Youth Day 2015

Inclusive, participatory democracies thrive when all citizens, including youth, are engaged. Communities benefit when young people play an active role in the economy and the policymaking process. When youth are active stakeholders, societies become more democratic because governments and markets become more accountable to their citizens.

In celebration of International Youth Day, this month’s Feature Service Article highlights the work of recent CIPE-Atlas Corps Think Tank LINKS alumnus – Bahaa Eddin Al-Dahoudi, Hiba Safi, Huma Sattar, and Lawrence Yealue. Their articulate stance on their country’s political, economic, and social issues highlight how youth are helping strengthen democracies around the world. All of the following pieces were originally posted on CIPE’s Development Blog.

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