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Another one of the main challenges young people face is a lack of access to finances, whether it be grants or loans, to support the implementation of their projects. Existing grant mechanisms within the UN system should be made more relevant and accessible to young people, through simplified or adapted application processes, the inclusion of young people on selection committees, and recognition that young people often lack formal structures. Source: Ad hoc Working Group for Youth and the MDGs, Youth and the Millennium Development Goals: Challenges and opportunities for implementation, April 2005.

Each of these settings provided them with an opening to interact with both peers and adults, helping them to articulate their concerns and develop solutions to problems. Giving young people access to such gateways is important to trigger their inventiveness and harness it in the vital task of reconstruction. Care must be taken to ensure that the participation of children is voluntary and has significance and meaning in their own lives. Relevant spaces and opportunities include: • Youth clubs and student associations • Sporting, music and drama events • National or international conferences • Livelihood surveys and research • Evaluation and impact assessment of community projects.

19 There is an urgent need to create more opportunities for young people to act on their strong sense of justice and help them to work together to build the better world they want. In order to sensitize policymakers and programme planners, it is essential to enlist the cooperation of: • Governments • International development agencies • Civil society • Community leaders • Parents and teachers. Mentoring and financing Youth-led projects, whether they emphasize social or economic development, are often hampered by a lack of skills, experience, networks and connections with traditional power centres within a community.

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