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]:
- Province No. 1: Terhathum *
- Province No. 2: Janakpur, Dhanusa [5 – 7 December 2016]
- Province No. 3: Chitwan *
- Province No. 4: Baglung Bazar, Baglung district [18 – 20 November 2016]
- Province No. 5: Bardiya *
- Province No. 6: Khalanga Bazar, Jajarkot district [29 November – 1 December 2016]
- Province No. 7: Dadeldhura *
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:
- To build the knowledge of youths in project districts on parliamentary procedures and thereby increase engagement in parliamentary affairs;
- To enhance articulation skills of youths to express their issues in communities, while developing respect and tolerance for the views of others;
- To promote constructive engagement of citizens in decision making process at local and national level; and thereby, promote more responsive policy and decision making that addresses the needs and rights of citizens;
- To inform and generate interest of stakeholders and key actors at district level on parliamentary procedures.