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Enhancing Cooperation Between Youth and Local Policy-Makers in Pakistan: Youth Roundtables in Lahore and Karachi

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Description: The Strong Cities Network convened Policy Roundtables in two of Pakistan’s urban centres, Lahore and Karachi, bringing together 35 participants, including youth peacebuilders, provincial- and municipal government representatives and local civil society leaders to promote dialogue between young people and local policy makers.

Where & When: 20 April 2024, Lahore and Karachi, Pakistan

Partners: HIVE Pakistan

Cities Represented:

Civil Society Organisations Represented:

Next Steps

The roundtables in Lahore and Karachi were the first policy-focused, youth-government exchanges hosted by Strong Cities in Pakistan. They mark a pivotal step for Strong Cities’ engagement in the country and broader region, paving the way for greater youth-city engagement facilitated by its South Asia Regional Hub and opportunities for cities to benefit from Young Cities’ nine years of youth engagement expertise globally.

Strong Cities will also continue to support 29 Youth Fellows across Karachi and Lahore through the Youth Leadership Fellowship, launched in 2022 to provide training, funding and support to the Youth Fellows to address hate and polarisation in their communities, and establish connections with community leaders and local policy makers to ensure their efforts support the wider ecosystem in their cities. A Future Ambassadors Training and Youth-Policy City Exchange and Showcase will be held the course of the next few months, bringing together Youth Fellows from both cities with select local and national representatives, civil society leaders and international stakeholders; a key opportunity to build local sustainability and for a range of stakeholders to meet with active young people and explore youth priorities, approaches and activities.