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Policy dialogue on “Future Bangladesh and National Action Plan for Youth Development: Youth’s Expectations from the New Government”


Policy dialogue on “Future Bangladesh and National Action Plan for Youth Development: Youth’s Expectations from the New Government”

Center for Men and Masculinities Studies (CMMS) and United Nations Youth and Students Association Bangladesh (UNYSAB) with support from ActionAid Bangladesh conducted a survey among 1000 young people aging from 15 to 35 from 8 divisions of Bangladesh to identify youth’s expectations from the upcoming new government. 

With the findings of the survey CMMS and ActionAid Bangladesh hosted a policy dialogue titled “Future Bangladesh and National Action Plan for Youth Development: Youth’s Expectations from the New Government” to identify priorities for Youth Development Action Plan in Bangladesh. The event was organized at the Tawfiq Aziz Khan Seminar Hall, The Daily Star Center on 12th December at 11am

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Professor Dr. Rahmatullah, Dean, Faculty of Law, Dhaka University, Mr. Anowarul Haq, Social Development Adviser, DFID, Mr. A K M Mamunur Rashid, Climate Change Specialist, UNDP Bangladesh, Mr. Anik Asad, Country Director, HEKS EPER and Dr. Sazzad Hossain, Associate Professor, International Relations, Dhaka University were present as  the panel discussants while Dr. Sayed Saikh Imtiaz, Chairperson, Center for Men and Masculinities Studies and Associate Professor, Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka moderated the session. Around fifty policy makers, youth representatives from different regions, representatives from the students’ organizations, law enforcement bodies, social workers, NGO workers, and journalists participated in the dialogue to identify priorities from the expectations of the youth from the upcoming government. The most striking findings of the research were that Youth still recommended for Quality Education as their prime priority. Youth, according to the survey, also demanded employment scopes within the country more than abroad opportunities.

They are more interested to create employment opportunities in Bangladesh rather going abroad and they emphasized on agro based sustainable economic development which will create huge opportunities for them. Today’s’ youth seem to be more interested in self-employment. There were vibrant discussions among the youth audience and panel. Broader research was recommended to focus on particular issues like climate change, political participation of youth, and inclusion of different marginalized groups.