Lise Bjerke

Engaging youth for knowledge-based development in Nepal

Posted on: 6/24/2014

What are the strengths of youth, and how can research and development organisations engage youth in their projects? These were two of the many questions asked during the Workshop on Engaging Youth in Research and Development, organised by LI-BIRD in Pokhara from 15th to 16th of June.

31 participants from 9 different organisations attended the workshop; most of them youth organisations. Every organisation presented a success story about one of their previous projects involving youth. Did you know that the members of Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) in Rampur started their own mushroom cultivating project to promote self-employment among youth? And did you know that Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) “married” two trolleybuses in Kathmandu, as part of their campaign to increase the number of environmental friendly trolleybuses in the city? Creative and inspiring projects like these were shared and discusses.

At the recap session of the first day, three participants had prepared a poster where the word YOUTH were broken down to: Young, Optimistic, Unity, Trustworthy and Humble. All this words were representative for the participants at the workshop, and they showed this through various presentations, group work and discussions.

LI-BIRD wants to thank all participants for contributing to making this a successful workshop. We are very inspired by your enthusiasm, creativity, curiosity and achievements!

Here’s a short video to summarize the event: