A Multi-Stakeholder national consultation

India is the youngest nation of the world; this demographic dividend has raised high expectations “empowering the youth of the country to achieve their full potential and through them enabling India to find its rightful place in the country of nations” (NYP2014). Youth in India is not uniform category, but complex and dynamic group with multiple challenges. While a small section is able to pursue their aspirations, talents and needs, the large majority struggle with higher education, participation, unemployment and underemployment. The development indicators are the lowest for youth from socially excluded communities – Dalits, Advasis, Muslim Minority and Nomadic communities.

The government, civil society organisations, philanthropic bodies and the private sector are key actors in empowering youth. The private sector has come into the process through its voluntary and obligatory actions under Affirmative Action & Corporate social Responsibility provisions. In various discussions that have emerged with and within civil society organizations on affirmative action, CSR and Philanthropy – Education, employment, entrepreneurship and governance gets highlighted as required areas of key interventions. Youth inclusion and empowerment is particularly important in empowering socially excluded communities since the young people in socially excluded communities are considered to be the anchors and bridges in empowering their communities.

A special mention needs to be made of the civil society organisations; those working at the community level, particularly with young people from the marginalised communities. These organisations, most often, are led by community members, many from the marginalised communities themselves.

A National Consultation

In this regard, it is proposed to hold a National Consultation among diverse stakeholders on realising ‘Inclusive and Equitable Youth Population Dividend’. The Consultation brings together Civil Society working around skill building and inclusion, Government agencies, Corporate Bodies and their foundations, CSR, representatives from Community Led Organisations (CLOs). The consultation shall have participation from multi-stakeholders engaged with youth – a). Officials of various Government Departments (NSIC, MSME, NSDC, NSFDC, NSKFDC, NISBUD, JSS, IGNOU, NIOS, Directorate of Technical & Vocational education, etc.) engaged with youth work. It also includes Corporate & industrial representatives engaged in youth empowerment through CSR and other philanthropy initiatives. The focus is on philanthropy and inclusion.

The purpose of National Consultation:
1. Provide a platform for diverse stakeholders to share experiences on existing employability, livelihood and skill enhancing opportunities and moving towards inclusion of marginalized communities into mainstream development processes
2. To brainstorm & discuss creation of opportunities for youth from marginalized communities on employability, employment & entrepreneurship along with representatives from private sector and government representatives.
3. Interface to build forward-looking strategies to work with communities towards inclusion of the disadvantaged youth in the population dividend.

CSEI values and appreciates your engagements and efforts to empower youth, particularly in enhancing education and employability. We look forward to your participation and contribution in this import national debate towards inclusion.

About CSEI, NYEF & Organizing Partners
Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion (CSEI) is a not- for – profit organisation engaged with children and youth from the marginalised communities, promoting education and leadership building, and facilitating employability, employment and entrepreneurship. Over the past years our interventions include Education Resource Centres for children and Youth Tech Hubs and VyakthitvaVikas Kendra at the community levels. The National Youth Equity Forum (NYEF) provides the state and national platform for disadvantaged youth to come together and engage in their leadership and career journey and community empowerment.

National Foundation for India
NFI is set-up in 1992 by eminent Indians like Bharat Ratna C.S. Subramaniam, Dr. M S Swaminathan, Dr. Kamla Choudhry with a mission to accelerate socio-economic development of our country. It supports small and promising grassroots organisations for lasting changes. In its 25 years of existence, NFI has nurtured over 250 organisations and seeded programmes in 20 states through its seven thematic interventions. Under its Livelihood portfolio, NFI is supporting organisations to build skills of rural and urban youth with targeted focus on SC, ST, Persons with Disability and women.

Change Alliance

Change Alliance aims to change lives through inclusive growth and sustainable development for a better tomorrow. Change Alliance provides market-leading development services and training, high quality technical and advisory consultancy, and capacity building to the development and private sectors and to government. The organisation is connected with more than 300 partners, institutions, organisations and communities in most parts of India who can help to deliver all types of development programmes. Change Alliance is based in New Delhi, but they work on projects across South Asia and beyond.

Venue Date: 26th April 2017
Juniper Hall, Timing: 10:00 AM – 5.00 PM
IHC, Lodhi Institutional Area Contact: 9013340125/7053463678
New Delhi