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USAID and Youth Programming in Pakistan

Posted by: Zaki Khalid, Uploaded: 7th January 2013



The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in its Youth Development Policy dated October 2012 has outlined the need for approaching specific demographic zones in developing countries where the youth can be effectively trained and programmed to conform with the “agenda for promotion of democratic principles”.

Rajiv Shah, Administrator at USAID, stresses the need for exploitation of youth investment in these words (which form part of his message):

Changing age structures can provides the opportunity to benefit from a so called “demographic dividend.” As children live longer and family sizes decrease, the share of those people in working ages grows in comparison to the very young or very old. Coupled with strategic, evidence driven and results oriented investments, this phenomenon can add as much as two percentage points of growth for years. This is especially true in today’s world of rapid transformation and connectivity, where youth serve as energetic change agents in their communities and countries.

He ends his introductory message to the policy framework by saying:

With the release of this policy, USAID reaffirms its commitment toempowering young people with the tools they need to create a more prosperous and peaceful world for us all.

In the said report, it is mentioned in Annex A: Factors for Selectivity and Focus:

Youth participation and programming should be integrated across the portfolio to reap more nearterm development outcomes. Growing countries include Bolivia, much of sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti, andPakistan.

The organization states that investments for long-term changes should be made in the health, civic, economic and political sectors for the youth in these countries for which effective strategies should be formulated.

The participation in political activities has been listed as one of the prime areas requiring “immediate need“.

Which, in actual terms as witnessed in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, refers to the instigation of pre-planned youth activism for furthering the geopolitical agenda of the Western military industrial complex, evidently including the so-called Arab Springamong its notable feats.

You can read the paper here: US AID

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Story first published: 7th January 2013




 
 
 

 
 


 

 






 
 

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