SALISES Youth Development Conference


The world has never been as youthful as it is today – about 20% of the world's population is between the ages of 15 and 24 years and 60% is under 30 years old. This demographic statistic suggests both an opportunity and an imperative for development. On the one hand, young people have been at the forefront of innovation in economic, social, cultural and political change globally. On the other hand, youth bear the brunt of major international development challenges resulting in social, economic and political exclusion occasioned by high rates of unemployment, poverty, victimization and disempowerment.

Recent discussions on youth inclusion in the post 2015 sustainable development goals reflect increased academic and policy interest in youth empowerment, internationally. However, the views, concerns and capabilities of Caribbean youth have been relatively marginalised in the mainstream development dialogue about youth needs and vulnerabilities. In addition, the specific situation of youth in small states like those in the Caribbean requires thorough investigation, in anticipation of the new post 2015 framework.

The SALISES Caribbean Youth Development Conference will facilitate an inclusive dialogue among young people, practitioners, policymakers and academics on key issues in youth development – particularly the interrelationships among youth vulnerabilities, youth contributions and youth roles in sustainable development. The 50/50 Youth Cluster welcomes presentation proposals which address the key questions and themes below.

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Salises Caribbean Youth Development Conference National Secondary Students' Council NSSC Ministry of Youth and Culture Jamaica