Decisions about land use will impact upon generations to come.
Yet young people, who will have to live with the consequences of those decisions, are often excluded from decision-making processes.
The ILC is committed to encouraging rural youth in their communities and on a global scale to step into their power and challenge the status quo in their land rights struggles.
Youth Leadership Programme
Supporting youth to make their voices heard can bring about lasting, long-term change
ILC seeks to empower and harness the potential of youth to bring about transformation towards people-centred land governance, equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Meet Josua, one of ILC’s Youth Leadership Programme participants as he travels to India for the Jaijagat Peace March with eight other youth fellows
The ILC’s Leadership Programme in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean is a scheme to encourage and develop emerging women and men leaders from ILC grassroots organisations. The programme aims to develop their skills to lead social change and take on leadership roles within their organisations and in the life and work of ILC. It also provides member organisations an opportunity to examine and renew their leadership methods. The programme also aims to help them become more resilient, effective and inclusive organisations.
A collective view of leadership, solidarity and gender justice are at the foundation of the programme, which consists of three learning dimensions—individual, organisational and networking leadership.
2019 was the first full year of recruitment to the scheme. By the end of the year it had enrolled 104 people (58% women) from 63 members and from 53 countries worldwide. With the onset of COVID-19, the programme moved online.
Securing the Future: Land Rights for Rural Youth
In this video, our members in the Youth and Land Initiative in Asia share with us why access to land for rural youth needs to be secured in order to alleviate poverty and unemployment. When rural youth participate in decision-making roles, change can happen at the local and national levels. That is why a wide process of national consultations in Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh, India and Cambodia were carried out obtaining key missed information on the situation of youth, their main challenges and demands, as well as their proposals, which is the base to the five position papers that will be launched before December.
Latin America and the Caribbean has also implemented a participatory process including members and stakeholders in building the strategy called “Youth leadership for land governance and natural resource management in Latin America and the Caribbean natural resource management” launched in July 2021. It will start with the virtual school on youth, land and territory between October 2021 - March 2022.
ILC MEMBERS ARE DOING AMAZING WORK
HERE ARE SOME GOOD PRACTICES FROM THE LAST THREE YEARS
Youth Leadership for Secured Land Rights and Strong Family Farming Systems
18 March 2022Read More
Youth access to land under customary tenure system in Ghana
31 August 2021Read More
Youth empowerment through strengthening land rights knowledge and training capacity
28 July 2021Read More