Young people as agents of change
A key part of this approach is our aspiration to see young people as agents of change, delivering development. Seeing young people as development actors rather than beneficiaries is a an important shift and one that I feel quite a personal connection to.
20 years ago I worked with a inspirational leader who genuinely believed that young people could – and should – lead international development efforts. So much so that he gave a number of us high profile jobs running the organisation he set up. He believed that we could do as well as any of our older colleagues and I am confident that we proved him right.
He has sadly passed away since then, but he would be delighted to see the direction DFID is taking today. He’d, as I am, be extremely proud.
I am looking forward to finding ways to genuinely engage young people in development in Kenya and beyond.