Youth aged under 30 years make up over 60 per cent of the populations of developing countries. Disproportionally many young people are engaged in subsistence activities as a consequence of  exclusion and discrimination.
 
Being young means in many contexts having a lack of appropiate education, a lack of (business) connections, lack of training, no land ownership, no access to capital and a lack of general support mechanisms. Further, social customs and traditional values hinder youth’s empowerment. For young people, their dreams seem often far away. 
 
Ensuring generational change within member-based organisations is vital for social sustainability. However, our experience worldwide shows that it is difficult to attract young people to existing member-based organisations and to make their participation sustainable. At Trias, we make it our business to remove the obstacles for young people.
 

STRATEGY FOR YOUTH INCLUSION

 
1. Participation and representation within member-based organisations
 
Step 1: Awareness raising. Raising the awareness of staff and management about the inclusion of young people, gender equality and intergenerational change.
Step 2 : Diagnosis. Young men and women take part in a participatory analysis to identify needs and challenges.
Step 3: Action plan. After prioritising challenges and proposing solutions, youth come up with an action plan that is presented to the leadership and Board to jointly establish the way forward.
 
2. Services tailored to young people’s specific needs
 
Together with its partners, Trias invests in youth-specific service delivery. Gaining access to resources, like land and equipment, is crucial, as are financial products and services.
 
3. Improving skills
 
Apart from strengthening organisational knowledge, developing leadership and advocacy skills is an important strategy for youth’s empowerment.
 
4. Networking and exchange
Trias organises bilateral and multilateral peer-to-peer exchanges between young farmers and young entrepreneurs. This allows them to learn from each other’s experiences and strengthen their networks. In addition, Trias encourages the development of mentoring schemes in which more experienced entrepreneurs coach young people starting out.