International Assistance: Young People

Department for International Development written question – answered on 13th September 2017.

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Photo of Kate Osamor Kate Osamor Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) plans her Department has and (b) funding it has allocated to implement its Youth Agenda, published in April 2016; and how her Department plans to ensure that it works alongside and consults young people as advocates and agents for change.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Secretary of State for International Development

With 1.8 billion people globally between the ages of 10 and 24, DFID is ensuring that young people are at the centre of all our work, supporting their access to quality education, improved healthcare, and decent work; regardless of their background.

We aim to provide young people with a genuine say in shaping a positive future for their countries. This was illustrated most recently at the 2017 Family Planning summit, which had a Youth Panel that played a key role in setting the agenda and outcomes of the event.

We are also working directly with 5-18 year olds in the UK through our Development Education programme. Through this programme, we are investing in a new generation of Global Britain ambassadors, proud of the work the UK is doing to tackle global poverty, and better prepared to live and eventually work in a globalised economy.

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