German development policy

Good governance – in the interests of the young generation

Lessons for girls in a protective zone for children and families for Syrian refugees in Hashemi al-Shimali in Jordan

Realising the rights of young people is not possible without good gov­er­nance. The way a coun­try is governed de­ter­mines how power is exercised, how political decisions are im­ple­ment­ed and how much attention is paid to the needs of children and young people.

Germany is engaged in activities at various levels aimed at streng­then­ing the rights of children and young people:

  • advising governments on constitutional and legal reforms
    (for example, amending legislation and administrative regulations in line with the stipulations of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its optional protocols, raising awareness within the legal system, setting up specialised courts, reforming the penal system as it pertains to juveniles),
  • in the context of the media
    (supporting young people working in the media in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, improving political participation by young people through better access to modern information and communication technologies),
  • at the level of local gov­ern­ment
    (for example, building up social services in line with the needs of children and young people, involving young people in municipal de­vel­op­ment and urban planning, strengthening social cohesion in communities),
  • in the field of public administration and public finances
    (taking the rights of children and young people into account in legislation, administration and budget planning, supporting the work of non-governmental initiatives that demand child-friendly budgets),
  • through efforts to prevent corruption·
    ​(for example, in the health and education sectors).

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