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

Urban Youth Council Guideline Drafting Workshop in Mymensingh

SERAC-Bangladesh has taken an initiative with the support of UNDEF and UNHABITAT to form Mymensingh City Youth Council to ensure their participation in decision-making in general services through the empowerment of youth. Accordingly, a guideline has been held in Mymensingh to form a city youth council to ensure their participation in decision making on Friday […]

Urban Youth Council Taskforce Meeting Held in Mymensingh

A project orientation meeting has been held in Mymensingh to form a city youth council to ensure their participation in decision making and introduce the project and start up the interim task force team under the initiative. The meeting was held on Wednesday (April 27) afternoon in the hall room of a restaurant in Mymensingh […]

UYC Taskforce Guideline Workshop in Rangpur

To support youths of Rangpur city to engage in civic activities, and decision making process at the municipal governance, SERAC-Bangladesh with the support from UN Democracy Fund and UN-Habitat is initiating urban youth council in Rangpur the Advancing Engagement by Setting Up Urban Youth Councils in Bangladesh project. A guideline workshop was held at a […]

SERAC-Bangladesh to Ignite Urban Youth Council in Rangpur

One third of the Bangladesh’s population comprise young people. National development policies have clearly indicated skill building, employment generation, and meaningful participation of youths which is accelerating their local level engagement process. To support them receive basic services equitably, empowering young people is a key. SERAC-Bangladesh with the support from UN Democracy Fund and UN-Habitat […]