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The Youth Parliament Project

Your title/position Executive Director
Type of Enterprise non-profit organization
Year the ngo or company was founded 2007
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The Youth Parliament Project is meant to enhance the capacities of Youth Council representatives and the civic youth leaders to influence and advocate for sustainable development by participating meaningfully in the local government decision making processes in Uganda. The project employs the Community Youth Parliament platform that provides an inclusive opportunity to the youth council representatives and civic youth leaders to influence and advocate for the implementation and monitoring of sustainable development goals. It also serves as a social accountability tool by serving as an informal platform for young people in the community to come together and articulate development issues that affect them and develop ideas for addressing their problems. The discussions during the sessions are informed by development challenges faced by the youth (e.g. unemployment, etc). For the local government duty bearers, this platform provides an outlet for the dissemination of information about new policies. The projects main objectives are: 1. To empower the youths to promote Peaceful and Inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to Justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive Institutions at all levels and reduce rights violations which cause social inequalities in Uganda. 2. To raise citizens who shall be the necessary human and intellectual capital to foster Sustainable development, in Uganda. 3. To enhance leadership skills and talents development as a means of stimulating social and economic wellbeing of the youths through structured Dialogues, etc. Furthermore, the Project uses innovative methods of information dissemination such as radio broadcasts, and creative arts performances. This project uses the transformative approach of shaping consultation and dialogue processes between state and civil society in an action-oriented manner. It focuses on building the civil society capacities as constructive and inclusive dialogue partners of the state and enabling them to effectively claim their participatory rights.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

The Youth Parliament project centers on delivering empowering sustainable development and democratic governance information to the target youths (15-35) years through targeted initiatives such as Community Youth Parliament platform, Informative broadcasts, Structured dialogues, Debates and public speaking events, Creative arts galas, and Training sessions for the youths leaders on democratic principles and as ambassadors of the Uganda National Dialogue Program. Providing information and training in this way to the different youths in the society will encourage holistic participation in upholding the rule of law and sustainable development within Uganda. In addition, the Project uses innovative methods of information dissemination such as Community Youth parliament platform, SMS, informative broadcasts, and Creative arts galas. It uses legal education to empower the youths to promote Peaceful and Inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to Justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive Institutions at all levels and reduce rights violations which cause social inequalities in Uganda. Furthermore, the project is effectively linked to local and /or national policy makers, with a view to making significant contribution to wider public policy and practice by lobbying for legal reforms for effective frameworks for the rule of law. We prepared a project action plan and budget setting out the project activities and objectives (which are divided into precise actions). The action plan and budget track expenditure and progress against those objectives. Project outcomes are measured by the achievement of the action plan objectives. We monitor the action plan monthly using narrative reports incorporating quantitative data and qualitative feedback from the target group. The budget is tracked through audited quarterly financial reports. In conclusion, I am gathering support from as many partners we can to deliver the project to all the youth communities in Uganda in particular and Africa in general.

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Sustainability and future plans

The Youth Parliament project is implemented through Sugur Development Agency (SUDA), a Ugandan NGO, founded by the Project founder. The project aims at nurturing a youthful generation of tolerant citizens (15-35) years by promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels in Uganda by involving the youth in decision-making processes. The Project is designed using the business model canvas in order to equip the beneficiaries with knowledge of Democracy, Dialogue, Debates ,their legal rights and resources available in order to be self-sufficient in protecting their rights. The training includes information about legal rights , democracy and includes practical recommendations on preventing and resolving disputes. Over time, such knowledge will spread without SUDA's intervention. The programme aims to cause cultural changes within communities in Uganda, encouraging, for example, equality , changing the culture around transfer of power so that there is more certainty with peace , Justice and strong Government institutions, and generally encouraging people to properly observe the rule of law and respect Human rights and move away from the customary practices which hinder this. The Youth Parliament Project is implemented by SUDA in partnership with the following organizations; GIZ-CUSP with Co-funding from European delegation to Uganda, Strategic Response International (SRI), Conflict Resolution by the Youth (CRY Uganda), Youth with a focus Teso ,YALI Uganda Chapter etc. In conclusion, SUDA receives the project funds through public and private donations, in kind contributions and it will continue its efforts to attract funding for its activities, which includes: lobbying for funding from other organizations through its network of partnerships and via publication of its activities in Uganda; gathering information and feedback from training, Debates, Dialogues,and Creative arts galas

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

Vincent Ocen is a 30-year-old, self-driven, result oriented legal and Information Technology Sustainable Development actor with proven ability to work under multidisciplinary settings. He is the Global Youth Representative for Action for Sustainable Development Facilitation Group 2018-2020 and Executive Director for Sugur Development Agency (SUDA). His work mainly entails research, legal advocacy, facilitation, coordination and project management focused on development, governance and human rights policies. He is engaged in networking and cooperation with national and global civil society organizations and other development actors. He has participated and recognized in various regional and international events. For instance; The 2018 UN Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development in Bonn Germany, Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellowship for African young leaders (18-35 years) in Nairobi, Kenya, Pan-African Debate Championship in Cape Town, South Africa, SDGs conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Common Wealth Youth Mock Debate in Kampala, Uganda, Advocates for International Development Probono project among others. Furthermore, Vincent has 11 years of experience in the community development sector, specifically focusing on Civic rights, peacebuilding and Democratic governance. He holds Master of Arts in Human Rights, Globalization and Justice at Keele University -UK. In conclusion, Vincent is driven by his commitment to Social justice and sustainable development and one day he hopes to witness a Just, Peaceful and Democratic society in Uganda in particular and Africa in general.

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May 21, 2019 15:55

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May 16, 2019 15:19

Be Brave and stand for what you believe in even if you stand alone for the testimony awaits. Your project has meaning for youth participation in the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development
Go Go on Vincent

May 15, 2019 13:28

Grassroots engagement is ideal in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Because we need effective collaboration between the public and private sector and civil society at local, regional and global scale. We need to create processes that generate engagement with the SDGs at the level of communities and bio regions everywhere. Only if local people will take responsibility for implementing the SDGs in their community and their region do we have a realistic change of accomplishing the audacious task set by Agenda 2030.
To motivate such a commitment, we need people to understand the multiple benefits that will result from a successful implementation of all SDGs for their own lives, their families and communities, nations, and for humanity and the community of life as a whole.

The future we want has to be co-created by us!