Youth Empowerment Synergy Conducts Youth Policy Dialogue in Accra
On the 19th of January 2018, FOSDA participated in a Youth Policy Dialogue oranised by Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES) at the British Council in Accra. The event was composed of several mini-lecturers and panel discussion, in which Ghanaian experts discussed contemporary issues with youth. This event was conducted in the hopes of spreading awareness for the need of a new Youth Policy in Ghana. Ghanaian researchers have used this event to unveil a new Youth Policy, and it is their hopes that it should be adopted by the government. This movement has gained traction since 2010, when the first National Youth Policy was unveiled by the Atta-Mills government. While the first policy identified key areas in which resources could be deployed, it failed to capitalize on such knowledge. The first youth policy identified issues in empowerment and employable skills.
To attempt to correct these issues, several capacity-building operations were organized. They include the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), in addition to the Youth Employment Agency (YEA). Despite these undertakings, researchers with YES have been hard-pressed to find evidence suggesting the effectiveness of these programs.
FOSDA had considerable presence at this dialogue, with programme Manager Theodora W. Anti being a member of the 4-person panel discussion.