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 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.