On Thursday, September 12 2019, the Dutch Platform Leave No One Behind (LNOB) held its 4th meeting of the year at Plan International Nederland offices in Amsterdam. In this session, we touched upon the Global Youth Meet-Up of the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) (2016-2020); The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the 10 Trickle Up Principles that were drafted by a core group of development practitioners.
Global Youth Meet-Up of the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA)
Joyce Brummelman (Plan International Nederland) started the meeting with a presentation on Plan’s experiences with the Global Youth Meet-Up of the GAA. During this meet up twenty youth advocates, between 15 and 22 years old from Africa and Asia visited The Netherlands during a week in August/September. These youth advocates are committed to respecting girls’ rights and to combatting the economic exclusion of young women and gender-based violence in their own countries. This meetup formed a platform where youth advocates could speak out, interact and share their experiences. The youth advocates followed workshops and they attended various meetings.
Plan shared some of their reflections and follow up plans:
- Plan is working on a platform where the youth advocates can connect and where they can share experiences with each other in a safe space.
- They will try to support the requests of the youth advocates: giving training & support; protection; help to access policymakers (especially internationally); connect the youth advocates to other groups, also outside their domain; access to funding (it is a challenge to give direct support).
- An improvement of this meetup could be the diversification of the groups in the future by for example by linking up with COC or RNW media.
The High-Level Political Forum 2019
Joyce Brummelman and Joyce Hamilton (COC) shared their experiences with The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) that took place at the UN in New York City in July. During this central platform, countries got the chance to review the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals through a VNR (Voluntary National Review). The Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) selected three youth advocates from the ten implementing countries to attend the HLPF.
Some important takeaways from the HLPF:
- The participation of the youth was very valuable as they got the chance to speak on behalf of the youth of their country.
- There was very limited civil society participation. Joyce Hamilton recommends having more organizations from the national level present, not just from the international level. This could be achieved through organizing a preparatory meeting before the next HLPF, which would allow organizations to be well prepared and well represented for the HLPF.
Trickle Up: 10 Principles for pro-poor driven economic development
After the two presentations, the participants reviewed the 10 Trickle Up principles drafted by development practitioners from the LNOB platform, other Partos members and external experts. Questions raised were: How will you really reach the poorest of the poor? How do we raise awareness of rights and possibilities among the poor? Often there is a huge distance to the ‘field’, how do we make the connection with so many stakeholders in between? Kate Raworth uses the metaphor of the ‘doughnut’: many people are in the hole of the doughnut, how will we get them inside the doughnut ring? The poor often lack information about NGOs or they are not their first priority. Therefore, it is crucial to find a way to communicate with the poorest of the poor. The (inter)national level and the loc4al level should work together on this.
We closed this fourth LNOB session with updates from the participants and their organizations. You can find the notes, presentations, and all information shared within the Platform on the LNOB Dropbox.
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