Youth Manifesto is an initiative by IID, to bring youth voices in the public policy. IID closely consults with youth through opinion polls, discussions and forums to develop the Youth Manifesto that highlights their demands. IID then presents the manifesto to the political parties, both before and after the elections, and follows up to ensure those demands are implemented.
Youth Manifesto 2020
‘Youth Policy Conclave Future of Work’ workshop
During the ‘Youth Policy Conclave: Future of Work’ 25 young leaders from 18 districts drafted the Youth Manifesto that focuses on an inclusive sustainable future economy that is corruption free. They also identified that to meaningfully contribute to that economy, proper skill and education will be needed. Last but not the least, ensuring eco-friendly work environment should be another priority, given the increasing climate vulnerability. They presented the Youth Manifesto to the government representatives and development partners in a closing panel the next day.
Download the Youth Manifesto
Follow-up with policy makers
As part of the follow-up process, two of the young leaders who drafted the Youth Manifesto, joined IID’s 22nd Policy Breakfast on ‘Climate Resilient Inclusive Economy‘ on 8th March 2020, where they placed their major demands towards a ‘Happy Green Sustainable Bangladesh for All by 2041’ to policy makers. They handed over the Youth Manifesto to the Honorable Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Mr. Md. Shahab Uddin; HE Benoit Préfontaine, High Commissioner of Canada in Bangladesh; Ziaul Hasan, Secretary of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
Youth Manifesto 2015
During the Dhaka Mayoral elections, IID conducted its second Youth Manifesto initiative. IID analyzed the rules and regulations about mayoral jurisdictions and visualized and shared it among the youth voters.
IID conducted a public poll on youth demand from the Mayoral candidates and published the results as a Youth Manifesto, highlighting the top six areas the youth wants the elected mayors to focus.
IID partnered with two media outlets (ATN News & Dhaka Tribune) to conduct two separate debates among the mayoral candidates of Dhaka North & South City Corporations.
Unlike traditional debates where candidates make ambiguous promises, this debate was focused on best strategies to implement the agendas of ‘Youth Manifesto’. The young audience members questioned the candidates on how they plan on implementing the priorities set by youth published on the Youth Manifesto. The candidates debated on the techniques and strategies on implementing those demands.
Endorsement by Candidates
After the debate, the candidates came together to endorse the Youth Manifesto, promising to implement those demands if and when they get elected.
Follow-up with Mayor
After about a year, IID invited the Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation to a ‘Policy Breakfast‘ to discuss about urban health, which was the first priority on the Youth Manifesto. The Mayor was reminded of his promise to implement the demands on manifesto and he explained the initiatives taken so far. The Mayor also took suggestions from the participants on how they can improve the condition.