Platform for Youth Inclusion in Politics Launched

On Tuesday 23rd July 2020, a coalition of civil society organizations (CSOs) launched the Platform for Youth Inclusion in Politics (PYIP) to encourage young people to meaningfully engage and participate in the country’s political and governance discourse ahead of the 2021 scientific elections.

Among the CSOs behind PYIP are Restless Development (RDU), Action Aid International Uganda (AAIU), and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), who in partnership with about 130 other local organizations, unveiled the Platform for Youth Inclusion in Politics.

While launching the platform at Eureka Place Hotel in Kampala, Prosper Mubangizi, the interim spokesperson for PYIP said that they have five major focus areas: voter mobilization; addressing young people’s issues and policy demands; legal framework and electoral justice; monitoring the electoral process; and ensuring good health of the youth movement.

According to Fiona Ibanda, a Program Manager at the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), this coalition is timely and will yield results because of the uniqueness in its membership that includes among others, grassroot organisations that will mobilise and sensitise Ugandans in the villages to participate in elections.

“PYIP brings together youth from across the country, regardless of their political, religious or ideological beliefs and differences. It is a mixed blend and strikes a balance between civil society, political groups, government entities, well-wishers and development partners,” Ibanda said.

The platform’s secretariat is hosted at AAIU offices in Kampala, and all young people interested in joining are invited to visit the secretariat for further details.