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How far have we come with youth in governance? (PLA 64)

Jennifer Tang

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Around the world, efforts to secure the rights of children and youth are increasingly directed at incorporating them in governance processes. This gives rise to a need to critically analyse the quality of these activities in accordance with child participation and governance principles. This article describes the first steps in developing an analytical framework that explores how to promote children’s participation in participatory, accountable and transparent governance processes. The beginnings of a framework aim to address: spaces, structures and systems; effective processes; and necessary resources for child and youth participation in governance. Practitioners contributing to this special issue of Participatory Learning and Action were interviewed for feedback on the proposed framework. Researchers, practitioners, children and youth are invited to examine the analytical framework and provide feedback for further development.

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board. See: www.planotes.org

Keywords: Children, youth, young people, child rights, participatory governance.

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