Youth Empowerment in kuwait
What is the project about?
In Kuwait, youth constitute approximately 72% of the population. These demographics present an enormous challenge to the Kuwaiti government and civil society not only to meet the education, training, employment, health, and recreation needs of youth, but also an opportunity to include them in decision-making, the development agenda and vision of their country and region.
Since 2012, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait has been taking key actions to committing the State to provide support for youth development. The National Youth Project was initiated in 2012, to engage youth as key participants in youth development. In 2013, His Highness the Amir of Kuwait established Ministry of State for Youth Affairs (MoSYA).
With technical support from UNDP, MoSYA prepared the “National Framework for Youth Engagement and Empowerment”, which was endorsed by the Council of Ministers of the State of Kuwait in 2013 and was adopted by the Ministry as their three-year youth empowerment strategy plan. A plan that aims to: “Intentionally enhance the capacities, skills and capabilities of young people through addressing their needs, promoting positive outcomes, and providing integrated coordinated, targeted and measurable initiatives necessary for holistic development of all young people.” The desired outcome and vision is "Towards youth that are proud of their nation's authentic values, creators, initiators and partners in the sustainable development of the nation". The strategy is built on four pillars, namely:
1. National competitiveness: focusing on priorities like education, employment, productivity,
skills, and entrepreneurship.
2. Social cohesion: focusing on priorities like health, inclusion, well-being, and sports.
3. Leadership and voice: focusing on priorities like participation and democratization.
4. Creativity: focusing on priorities like innovation, talent, creativity, culture, and
These four pillars are a result of the State of Kuwait’s initiative to improve the youth sector by the stated outcomes of the Kuwait Mid-Range National Development Plan (2015/2016 – 2019/2020). With the target outcome focusing on the following:
1. The support of youth empowerment and expansion of their social role in society
2. The improvement of youth innovation by supporting youth initiatives that address social issues.
3. Strengthen youth entrepreneurship by creating a culture of leadership and supporting
4. Proper Investment in youth past-times.
5. Develop and improve the services of the youth centers and opening them to the public by converting them into family centers.
Youth Empowerment in Kuwait project comes in respond to Kuwait’s key development challenges and reflecting the priorities of the Kuwaiti Government in increasing the empowerment and building the capacities of its youth.
The overall outcome of the project is to “ Enhance the capacities, skills and capabilities of MoSYA and Youth Public Authority (YPA) to better serve young Kuwaiti men and women and to pave the way so that the State of Kuwait is well-positioned to play a leadership role in the area of youth empowerment at the regional and international levels”, to be reached through the following four specific outputs, as outlined below:
I. YOUNG KUWAITI MEN AND WOMEN EMPOWERED TO BE POSITIVE AND ACTIVE AGENTS OF CHANGE AT THE NATIONAL, REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVELS
The Government of Kuwait recognizes the important role that young men and women can and should play in sustainable development. Therefore, expressing its commitment to invest in youth by mobilizing their capacities and resources for developing strategies and policies that would enhance their role in the national development processes.
II. CAPACITY OF MOSYA AND YPA IS STRAIGHTENED TO DELIVER SERVICES IN A TIMELY, EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE MANNER
As a response to the present organizational change, UNDP can support MOSYA and YPA to be well-positioned and equipped to address issues pertaining to youth, and, in particular, the productive engagement of youth as positive agents of change towards the achievements of the SDGs.
III. INNOVATIVE APPROACHES AT MOSYA AND YPA ARE IN PLACE TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS AND PRIORITIES OF YOUNG KUWAITI MEN AND WOMEN
There are currently eight youth centers around Kuwait that will be used for the establishment of innovation centers. The innovation centers will serve as an empowering space for youth aiming to identify social development challenges, testing new and innovative ideas and nurturing venture. The innovation centers will also connect the young people with government institutions, universities, private sector, NGOs and civil society to create sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing youth.
IV. KUWAIT IS WELL POSITIONED AS A REGIONAL AND GLOBAL LEADER ON YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
With Kuwait being named the "Capital of Arab Youth of 2017” in early 2016, MoSYA intends to build on the momentum that this event and the preparations leading to it are going to generate and enhance the public’s interest in youth empowerment issues. UNDP, in close coordination with OSGEY and other sister agencies would also facilitate and support any of the proposed national activities to be regional or global in accordance with "Capital of Arab Youth of 2017” either in Kuwait or in New York.
Previous and expected results:
- Prepared the “National Framework for Youth Engagement and Empowerment”.
- Support MoSYA with the finalization of the National Youth Policy.
- Support to the “Kuwait Capital of Youth in 2017” event.
- Support building the capacity of the MOSYA and YPA.
- Support the development of innovation centers
- Support the development of Voluntarism programme.
Who finances this project?
Government of Kuwait