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ADB and Civil Society

ADB cooperates with a broad range of civil society organizations (CSOs), including nongovernment organizations (NGOs), to strengthen its efforts to reduce poverty and increase the effectiveness, quality, and sustainability of its operations.

ADB Youth for Asia

Because youth and youth-led organizations are important members of civil society, ADB started the Youth Initiative—now called ADB Youth for Asia or YfA—in 2013, to support young people in contributing effectively to development. It is a program managed by ADB’s NGO and Civil Society Center to mainstream youth participation in ADB operations as it believes that empowered youth are a force for innovative and effective development. YfA aims to serve as the knowledge center for meaningful youth engagement or MYE in ADB.

ADB signs MOU with AIESEC, the world's largest youth led-NGO. Youth for Asia (YfA) mobilizes a project team to support ADB operations.

ADB operations commits the first large financial investment in youth employment in the Philippines' Jobstart project supported by YfA

ADB signs its second MOU with Plan International on the rights and welfare of girls, young women in the region and support to youth focused operations.

The first technical assistance (9557) dedicated to youth is approved
ADB Youth Forum 6 – Incheon Declaration on the Future of Work

ADB and Islamic Development Bank set up the flagship youth development working group across international development institutions.

YfA holds first-ever virtual Asia and the Pacific Youth Symposium in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. By this year, YfA has already implemented a total of 35 projects across 9 ADB sectors.

YfA joins the Youth Employment Funders Group in the launch of a Meaningful Youth Engagement Roadmap

 

There are more than 2 billion people under the age of 30 living in Asia and the Pacific, and they represent 54% of the global youth population. To drive sustainable growth, young people must be engaged as active co-leaders of change. The combination of resourcefulness, innovative thinking, and empathy for others that young people possess generates a new kind of leader, one who can contribute significantly to next generation development solutions.

The Challenge

Under and unemployed young people are particularly excluded from the opportunities of participation, leadership and leading productive lives.

ADB has underutilized its potential to engage young people in project design to make the projects more responsive to the needs of young people across the region.

The Solution

ADB Youth for Asia is a unique initiative where young people join cross-generational project teams bringing innovative perspectives to develop sustainable, resilient and inclusive solutions.

Young people (co-)leading components in the design and implementation of projects

Young people (co-)leading components in evaluation and research using innovative methodologies

Young people advocating for change, (co-)leading campaigns and influencing youth-led development

Young people bring specific skills, talents, and capabilities that generate unique value-add to development processes. Thus, Youth for Asia mobilizes resilient, motivated and passionate youth to lead the design and implementation of youth components in ADB projects under its Strategy 2030 to achieve a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific. Youth provide a unique value-add in the cross-generational design, implementation, and evaluation of ADB projects through the following characteristics:

Resilient and resourceful

Natural collaborator

Caring and responsible citizens

Digitally literate

Behavioural insights

Disruptive and innovative thinkers

ADB's Focus on Youth

Asia and the Pacific Youth Symposium 2021

Event | 12 August 2021

Asia and the Pacific Youth Symposium 2021

The 2nd Asia and the Pacific Youth Symposium on 12-27 August is a virtual conference for intergenerational dialogue among governments, young leaders, and other stakeholders to discuss major issues in the region.

Tackling the COVID-19 Youth Employment Crisis in Asia and the Pacific

Publication

Tackling the COVID-19 Youth Employment Crisis in Asia and the Pacific

This report assesses the damaging impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on youth employment in Asia and the Pacific and recommends critical policy responses.

Six Ways Young People are Helping Asia Through the Pandemic

Blog Entry | 20 July 2020

Six Ways Young People are Helping Asia Through the Pandemic

Young people have a unique perspective on international development. Here are examples of how they are helping Asia and the Pacific deal with COVID-19.

How Youth Drive Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

Video | 10 October 2019

How Youth Drive Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

Young people are eager to use their skills to improve local communities, help those in need, and promote environmental sustainability. Development organizations including ADB, see the value the youth play in driving the 2030 Agenda.

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Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program

Offers postgraduate scholarships for studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields.

Internship Program

Internship Program

A project-oriented learning opportunity for graduate students to gain experience through research assignments based on ADB's current operational needs.

Young Professionals Program

Young Professionals Program

An entry-level recruitment program to attract highly qualified and motivated individuals to ADB, providing the foundation for a challenging and rewarding professional career in an international development environment.