Theme: Creating Structural Change through Public Policy

Policy makers are very important to creating sustainable change. If youth development in our community is to achieve its promise of lasting opportunities, and support for youth, structural change at the community level is required, and we believe a forum such as this will create stronger communities in which youth thrive.

This forum brings youth led organizations together to build resilient communities, and encourage active citizenship, where community leaders take action together to create a network that values ideas and build the skills they need to harness their local resources.

The Policy Makers forum is designed to be a series of forums that will engage various stakeholders involved in public policy formulation and implementation with a view to finding a common ground in addressing the issue of poor policy implementation, or as in most cases, an outright call for policy reform or a clash of state/public policy with the communities’ values.

Aims:

  1. By engaging in positive dialogue, and increasing youth inclusion in policy reform, we will see significant improvements in policy formulation.
  2. To offer a long-term strategy for positive community change that supports healthy adolescent development.
  3. To create a healthy working relationship between the legislators and civil society organizations, to bridge the gap during public policy formulation and implementation.

The first forum will engage legislators in the national assembly from the core states of Northern Nigeria most affected with poor policy implementation, and it will hold in Abuja on the 2nd of June, 2017 at Ventures park, 29, Mambilla street, off Aso Drive by 10am.

The invited legislators will make the case using our theme relating to their area of interest and expertise as to how best they think structural reform can be adopted in the policy making process and make submissions as to how the voices of youth and women will also be heard and adopted in the final framework.

Subsequent engagement with the same set of legislators in the long term will focus on creating a network of local stakeholders at the constituency level to create a well-rounded policy that will cater to the core focus areas of Ja Muje and spread out to key into economic and social empowerment of these communities through advocacy, awareness and adoption.

 

To find out more about our Policy Makers Forum, send your Inquiries to contact@jamuje.ng with the subject Policy Makers Forum.

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