If we work with the most marginalised young men and women in VE-affected areas, supporting their engagement in dialogue with local authorities and developing their skills in advocacy, then young people will actively engage in decision-making processes and feel that they have more voice in how decisions are made, then their sense of frustration due to their lack of political voice will be reduced.
Assumptions and preconditions: Marginalisation corresponds to vulnerability to VE, i.e. the most marginalised youth are the most vulnerable. That authorities are willing to listen to and engage young people. That lack of political voice is the most salient factor in youth frustration. That the most vulnerable to VE would be willing to engage in decision-making processes.
Risks: Increased expectations; low youth participation; youth feeling stigmatised by engagement in PVE project; young men and women are window dressing (a tick box to show youth participation but in practice they are not informing decision-making); diverse needs, vulnerabilities and concerns of young men and women are not taken into account (youth seen as homogeneous group).
Indicators: Number of young people (disaggregated by age, gender, etc.) regularly participating in committee meetings; number of youth-led decisions made; quality of youth participation; young
people (men and women) that feel listened to and/or empowered; percentage of decision-makers who demonstrate improved attitudes towards youth; percentage decrease in reported frustration of young people (men and women); number of young people in public service (broken down by level); number of young people elected in parliaments; number of young people in political parties.