Advancing Engagement by Setting Up Urban Youth Councils in Bangladesh

Young people make up one-third of the total population in Bangladesh. National development policies ensured youth skill development and involvement in decision-making, particularly at the local level, but actual involvement of youth in decision-making and access to participatory practices is still very limited.

Therefore, this project aims to achieve equitable engagement of young people at local level decision-making, particularly at the urban governance of city authorities through initiation of urban youth councils in Bangladesh. First, the project will create urban youth councils in four cities including Chottogram, Mymensingh, Rajshahi, and Rangpur so that youth can participate as elected ‘youth councilors’ in the city governance mechanism. Second, the project will advocate for establishing a youth participation model (Urban Youth Council) in other local government bodies, so that the project impact is realized, and outcomes sustained.

If the Urban Youth Councils are established, youths in the targeted four cities will have a formal mandated space in the municipal governance to voice their issues and secure rightful services and opportunities of empowerment, access to decent employment, and ensure meaningful and inclusive democratic participation in the city management.

Project Location: Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Rangpur, and Chottogram city corporations.

Project period: September 2021 to August-2023

Funded by: United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)

Technical Partner: United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat)

Targeted Population: Youths aged 18-35.

Project Updates

Call for Application “Urban Youth Task Force”

Urban Youth Councils will be set up in four cities of Bangladesh (Mymensingh, Rangpur, Rajshahi, Chittagong) to ensure their participation in decision-making in general services through youth empowerment. And selectively present their views, opinions and demands to the City Corporation, which will play a vital role in sustainable development and youth leadership development. To achieve […]

Rangpur Mayor Meeting on Urban Youth Council

SERAC-Bangladesh’s Executive Director SM Shaikat called on the Honorable Mayor of Rangpur City Corporation Md. Mostafizur Rahman, at his office this afternoon. The two discussed the start of the Urban Youth Council in the city of Rangpur, to be implemented by SERAC-Bangladesh in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund and UN-Habitat. The Mayor appreciated […]

Mayor Meeting on Urban Youth Council in Rajshahi

  Executive Director of SERAC-Bangladesh SM Shaikat called on the Honorable Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation A.H.M. Khairuzzaman Liton, at his office this afternoon. The two discussed the start of the Urban Youth Council in the city of Rajshahi, to be implemented by SERAC-Bangladesh in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund and UN-Habitat. The […]

Mayor Meeting on Urban Youth Council in Chattogram

Executive Director of SERAC-Bangladesh SM Shaikat met the Honorable Mayor of Chattogram City Corporation, Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, in his office this afternoon. The two discussed the start of the Urban Youth Council in the city of Chattogram, to be implemented by SERAC-Bangladesh in partnership with the United Nations Democracy Fund and UN-Habitat. The Mayor appreciated […]