The World Urban Forum took place in Naples, Italy in the first week of September gathering governments, activists and civil society to discuss issues related to Ubran Development. Stefan Manevski was there to represent CID’s work in Kumanovo and the approaches to peace-building and intercultural dialogue that CID promotes through its youth support system (the youth centers, programmes for youth and other services).
Stefan was one of the speakers on the Youth Roundtable which presented real projects to be measured against the theories that explore Amartya Sen’s capability approach to youth. The participatory roundtable enabled a youth-led, bottom-up process to overturn the barriers that determine their “capability short falls” to inspire and guide the policies of the top-down, inter-agency actors and government donors that can support new initiatives through government reforms.
During the forum the ‘Youth in the Prosperity of Cities: State of the Urban Youth Report 2012-2013′ was launched. Presented by a director of UN-Habitat, Mr. Oyebanji Oyeyinka, the report notes that inequality, unequal opportunities as well as the issues of employment and underemployment are by far the greatest challenges faced by urban youth in the 21st century. According to the report, the inability of national and city economies to create adequate numbers of quality jobs was one of the root causes of economic and social exclusion and a significant root cause of informal economies.
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