How responsive is your land programme to the needs of youth?

The needs of today’s youth with regard to land are different from those of previous generations and are influenced by changes around the world, including globalization, urbanization, migration, climate change, and technology advancement amongst other issues. “Youth” is often defined as a specific age category, but it is not only about age; it is also a dynamic transitional phase of life encompassing a range of changes in status and needs within society, the economy and the political sphere. These changes have an impact on the choices and opportunities available for youth, no less so when it comes to land.

This publication is a practical guide to the Youth and Land Responsiveness Criteria, which is a tool that can be used to increase the incorporation of youth perspectives into land matters at both institutional and programme levels, through a participatory process.

"The purpose of the Youth and Land Responsiveness Criteria tool is to ensure that youth and land issues are integrated into land programmes and projects in a systematic and comprehensive way, in order to achieve secure tenure for all."

The criteria are presented in the form of a matrix with various probing questions about different issues that youth face with regard to land (see Section Two). It can be used to identify challenges, opportunities and key entry points on youth and land at global, regional and/ or country levels. It can be used in following ways:

  • as a diagnostic tool,
  • an awareness and advocacy tool, and
  • for desigwwing new youth responsive land programmes/projects.

The YLRC tool can be used by GLTN partners (www.gltn. net), as well as by youth engaged in community work, youth-led organizations, community leaders, project coordinators and managers, and policy-makers. This practical guide provides tips on how to use the tool to better understand youth and land issues. Youth and land being a new area of work, especially at country level, some preparation is necessary before implementing the tool.