The essence of democracy and good governance is in the active engagement of citizens and their voices being represented at the decision-making spaces and processes. The engagement of people in decision making process helps them build ownership of the programs and policies, thereby increasing the chances of their successful and sustainable implementation. In the absence of proper access to representation of voices in decision-making spaces, resentment among citizens can result to the government and its work.
For effective engagement of citizens, knowledge about decision-making processes and spaces is important. Thus, this unique model of Youth Mock Parliament (YMP) is designed to educate and engage youths in the parliamentary procedures and decision-making processes.
AYON and UNDP are joining efforts to organize 7 YMPs in the newly formed 7 provinces of Nepal as follows [links to corresponding facebook photo albums]:
YMP in all districts was / will be conducted with National Youth Council and in coordination with local CSOs, DAO, DEO, DDC and official media partnership with newspaper, FM and TV stations. We endeavor our best to include youths involved in conflict directly or indirectly, those with disability, students and those involved in social organizations and various political parties, females, Dalits and youths from different ethnic communities.
The major objectives of the program are: