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Leadership & Decision Making

Youth leadership helps young people develop: the ability to analyze their strengths and weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, and have the self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and abilities to achieve them, including the ability to establish support networks to participate in community life and effect positive social change fully.  

Pakistan’s youth have a great deal of potential and are as energetic and ardent as the youth of any other nation in the region and beyond. In 2007, PILDAT launched the first-ever Youth Parliament Pakistan (YPP) to foster leadership and critical thinking, foster political knowledge, and meaningfully involve youth in democratic decision-making. 

The British Council has announced the Challenge Fund for Youth Leaders in Pakistan Program for Pakistani youth. The purpose of the initiative is to introduce inclusive engagement mechanisms for youth and to strengthen and shape future inclusive policies. In addition, Association for Behavior and Knowledge Transformation (ABKT) has launched the Youth Political Leadership Program (YPLP) in Pakistan to provide leadership, systems thinking, and authentic voice training to 30 selected youth political leaders to prepare them to engage in community issues.

In partnership with the School of Leadership Foundation, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) hosted the first National Youth-led Policy Forum in Pakistan in 2020.

Regarding this topic, the Punjab Youth Policy recommends a 5% quota for youth in the elected Local Governments under the previous local government laws, as well as the sensitization of parents and teachers to stop claiming that politics is futile.

CREDP believes that student unions and local governments are crucial platforms for early youth involvement. Pakistan needs both of these elements or exhibits inefficiencies in their implementation. The prohibition of student unions is justified by violence within academic institutions, while the allocation of resources by local governments towards such entities is lacking. Regarding student unions, it is advisable to dissociate them from elements of aggression rather than implementing an absolute ban. Student unions that are functioning effectively, along with established guidelines, have the potential to mitigate radicalization among young individuals. 

Likewise, it is recommended that the provincial government delegate authority to the local governments, enabling them to address the requirements of the youth within their respective jurisdictions. The youth wings of political parties have the potential to provide political training to the young population of Pakistan, thereby facilitating their development as prospective leaders of the country.