On September 17, 2017, Youth for Change and Development Organization (YCDO) in partnership with UNDP organized the Social Good Summit under the theme Future in Focus in Afghanistan. The summit brought together 300 participants (100 in Kabul and 200 in provinces) from civil society organizations, government and private sectors, youth groups, university students and entrepreneurs from different field of life who demonstrated their imitative and participate in a dynamic and socially changing environment.

 It was a creative half day event in Kabul with meetups in four regional hubs (Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar and Heart) connected through Facebook Live with students, civil society activists, private sector, actors and government representatives. 

The event had two different sessions, where the first session showcased engaging presentations that revolve around social, technology and educational innovations. YCDO picked success from the NGO, private and academic sectors and showed to the world that despite conflict and unrest in the country, our young entrepreneurs and development practitioners are involved in creative work and are more hopeful for the future. Prior to the event around 15 most creative examples were listed and up to 5 of them were selected which were presented at the summit and linked to the SDGs.

 For the second session, around 4 top subject-matter experts were invited to discuss the following areas and answered questions from the floor. Each of the areas they discussed had reflection on specific SDGs.

 1)    Justice, Human Rights and Gender

2)    Education and Innovation

3)    Sustainable Development

4)    Private Sector Development (urban and rural)

 Number of top social media users in Afghanistan were asked to promote the event before and during the event on their social media platforms and the event participants were oriented to spread the message, impression and thoughts tweeting through a global hashtag by allocating a local hashtag #SGS2017 and #2030NOW. The tweets were displayed on a projector screen to add to the audience of the event.

YCDO team has conducted assessment of finding creative examples/initiatives, mobilizing different groups as well as participants’ identification who were invited to the event in Kabul and four zones. Also, two moderators/facilitators (one male and one female) hired to run the event on professional manner and number of volunteers were assigned to support the event arrangement.  

 YCDO recognized that the summit is a global UNDP event that encourages young people and civil society activists around the world to share their views and achievements in the areas of education, innovation, justice and human rights, private sector, etc. in their countries and communities. It is the ninth year in a row that UNDP has been leading these global events to feed world leaders ahead of the UN General Assembly who take important decisions for the world’s future.  Read UNDP's report on this..


Kabul City, Friday, Dec 05th — Marking the International Volunteer Day, a group of nearly 150 Kabul-area youth gathered today to clean Kool-e-Hashmat Khan, a wetland on the southeastern outskirts of Kabul City where a huge number of various birds used to live, and is now on the brink of ruin. To encourage its restoration, youth for Change and Development Organization (YCDO), led this campaign in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture, United Nations Volunteers and United Nations Development Programme in Afghanistan.

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Youth Leadership and Outreach Skills was a United Nations Population Fund UNFPA funded project which covered 50 youth as direct beneficiaries and 500 indirect beneficiaries in Kabul and the city’s suburban communities.

In this training youth were trained to develop their leadership skills in decision making process and to actively advocate for their reproductive health and rights.  The project had an outreach component where participants delivered the same trainings back into their areas. 

Building Youth Advocacy Skills in SRHR and Gender Equality was a Youth Coalition funded project. Youth Coalition is an international organization working internationally for sexual and reproductive health and rights. The aim of this project was to support International Conference and Population and Development (ICPD) by training and orientation 50 youth as direct and 500 as indirect beneficiaries on sexual reproductive health and rights as well as advocacy skills and gender equality. The project was facilitated by UNFPA Youth Information Center in Kabul. The overall goal of this project was to increase knowledge of young activists (boys & girls) to advocate, mobilize and incorporate the human rights and development needs of young people, including their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Youth rhetoric and communication skills was also funded by UNFPA to train 100 young male and female on public speaking and communication skills. The training was conducted inside the training hall of the Youth Deputy Ministry in Kabul.

Youth involvement in decision making process was a community based program funded by National Solidarity Program where YCAO trained young male and female to be part of the local governance and have influence with in their communities. The project was implemented in Nangarhar province and 200 young male and female participated.

Youth Engagement in political process is a monthly dialogue session supported by YCDO where young male and female discuss on several political issues and a specialist or political figure as a chief guest concludes the discussion. This dialogue session is an excellent platform for youth to speak their mind and express their view in front of a high political figure. 

Gender Equality and Women Rights was YCDO joint project with Ministry of Women Affairs. This project have been implemented in Nangarhar, Balkh, and Herat provinces and around 500 people from Community Development Councils, civil society organizations, universities, youth groups and schools participated.

Youth Empowerment through Civic Education was a USAID project implemented by UN-Habitat. YCDO participated in its mobilization and establishment of local youth councils in 6 provinces of Afghanistan such as Kabul, Nangarhar, Balkh, Bamyan, Herat and Kandahar. 2400 young male and female were trained in electoral process, project management, fund raising, proposal writing, local governance, communication and networking and rhetoric and public speaking skills.

At the end of the project youth were able to come up with 120 self-developed project proposals.

Youth Internship and Employment Opportunity was USAID-Creative International project awarded to Smart Afghan International. YCDO facilitated the recruitment process by introducing trainees to different companies and organizations. YCDO also provided internship opportunities to around 85 young male and female to obtain work experiences and develop their careers. 

Peace through Literacy and Adult Education program was awarded by Afghanistan National Adult Education Program ANAFAE supported by German government. YCDO established 50 literacy centers in Laghman and Parwan provinces. This was the first literacy through mosques program and around 1250 learners got their certificates from Ministry of Education/Literacy Department. 

It is worth mentioning that all the activities were conducted in close collaboration with the deputy ministry of youth affairs. 


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