May 29 2018


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Meet National Association of Youth Organisations (NAYO)



The 2017-2018 Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise in Zimbabwe has revealed an increase from 2013 registration figures of youth registration to 70% (or 3 612 039 out of the total 5 185 072)[1] registered between 20 and 44 years. Youth participation is going to be a determinant factor in the upcoming elections, and even more critical post-elections in shaping governance as young people seek to reclaim leadership at both the level of structure and policy in Zimbabwe.


NAYO has been a critical actor providing a platform for young people. NAYO recently launched the Youth in Accountability and Governance project, in parternship with ZimbabweAlliance, which has been experimenting with Open Space Technology (OST). The first meeting was planned for 250 young people and NAYO was overwhelmed with 350 young people looking to make their voices heard. Using the participatory OST methodology, young people in Chitungwiza-Seke, a peri-urban high-density suburb of Harare, identified and ranked the following key priority areas for intervention:


  1. 1 Youth participation
  2. 2 Corruption and land
  3. 3 Service delivery
  4. 4 Abuse of rights
  5. 5 Drug and substance abuse
  6. 6 Domestic violence
  7. 7 unemployment and poverty
  8. 8 sports and recreation

Youth hubs established by NAYO, are beginning to take the lead in address some of the priority areas and linking with other initiatives already active in these domains. The young people of Zimbabwe are making their voice heard, and projects like YAG are providing important platforms to engage their ideas and begin innovating responses to the challenges facing this critical constituency.

"Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society's margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies."
– Kofi Annan


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[1] Source: Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN)

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