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Youth and Land:

The number of young people in the world today is at an all-time high. With 1.2 billion individuals aged between 15 and 24 years, youth constitute a significant proportion of the world’s population.  Furthermore, 87 per cent of youth live in developing countries.  In  recent  years,  the  “youth  bulge”  has  been  an  important  factor  in  various  fields  of  development  ranging  from  governance  to  livelihoods  creation.  Various  development  sectors  have  made  significant  progress  in  understanding, including  and involving youth at different levels of decision-making and  policy  development. In  the  land  sector,  however,  there  is  room  for  improvement  in  understanding  the  relationships of young people to land and knowing how they address land issues. The  needs  of  today’s  youth  with  regard  to  land  are  different  from  those  of  previous  generations  and  are  influenced   by   changes   around   the   world,   including   globalization,  urbanization,  migration,  climate  change,  and   technology   advancement   amongst   other   issues. “Youth”  is  often  defined  as  a  specific  age  category,  but  it  is  not  only  about  age;  it  is  also  a  dynamic  transitional  phase of life encompassing a range of changes in status and  needs  within  society,  the  economy  and  the  political  sphere. These changes have an impact on the choices and opportunities available for youth, no less so when it comes to land.

Youth,   aged   between   15   to 35   years,   represent   significant   proportion of population in our country. Youth are a huge asset in development work as active change-makers with fresh and innovative perspectives. Recently, youth have engaged in a number of  development  sectors;  they  have  demonstrated  that  they  can  actively  contribute  to  “shaping  social  and  economic  development,  challenging  social  norms  and  values, and building the foundation of the world’s future” (United Nations, 2013). While  youth’s  involvement  is  notable  in  a  few  areas  of  development  work,  in  the  land  sector  there  is  room  for  improvement.  Young  people’s  needs  and  concerns  for  land  are  just  as  important  as  those  of  adults.  However,  land matters are largely perceived to be of relevance only to  adults  and,  for  youth  transitioning  from  childhood  to  adulthood,  this  poses  a  few  challenges.  Recent  research  by  the  GLTN  and  UN-Habitat  has  shown  that  youth  are  intricately  involved  and  deeply  affected  by  land  issues:  their  links  with  land  are  associated  with  their  search  for  identity,  their  social  interaction,  economic  well-being,  recreational activities, their cultural expression and political participation. Moreover, the needs of youth in relations to land today are different from those of previous generations and   are   influenced   by   changes   around   the   world,   including  globalization,  urbanization,  migration,  climate  change  and  technological  advancement,  amongst  other  issues.  . These changes have an impact on the choices and opportunities available for youth, no less so when it comes to land. Today, 87 per cent of youth live in rural areas in our country. In this aspect CDA organize new program on YOUTH IN LAND AND HUMAN RIGHTS in Bangladesh.


Ensuring access to the youth & land:

Youth society is always the strongest, self-centered, creative and productive motive force of any country. The hope of the nation - the realization of the desire is actually possible to be shown through the youth. The unending potential of youth is to be used for own sake, for society and for the nation. The development of the nation is most dependent on the activities and activities of the youth.

In order to achieve national progress, there will be a favorable environment for the development of all the potential potentials, including suitable production education, training, self-employment, leadership and leadership for the youth. Bangladesh's economy is dependent on agriculture. About half of the total population of Bangladesh is almost dependent on agriculture. The population of 18 to 35 years is considered to be young. If the major youths are involved with the land, the development of the country will be assured. As the attitude of the people is urbanized, the development of agriculture has led to many steps. It is important to be aware of the importance of the land. Because, educated youth can’t ensure the proper use of the land. Organic can protect the environment through agricultural practice. They can also develop new techniques and ensure the sustainable use of land along with the development of agriculture.

The second paragraph 15 of the constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh is recognized as one of the main principles of state governance to improve the material and cultural quality of the people and to increase the productivity of the people through economic development. In addition, emphasis has been laid on the welfare and development of the entire population, including youth in the 14, 17 and 20 Articles of the constitution.

Youth should have access to their land to get rid of despair, helplessness and unemployment. In order to develop our country's land, such as the need for youth, it is necessary to create employment through the use of local resources and liberalization of local resources. In particular, unemployed youth is encouraged. The favorable environment for the development of all the potential qualities underlying is the favorable environment create.

In addition to the government, NGOs have taken various programs in the development of youth. It is extremely important for the youth and sports ministry to implement the National Youth Policy, 2003 to improve youth situation. In order to create employment opportunities for the youth, policy makers should take timely action. Because of a healthy strong nation can build a developed country.


Goal: Ensuring Rural Youth Inclusion in Land Governance.



a)     Influencing positive change in policy, Legislation, mechanisms and regional or sub-regional framework through dialogue, consultation, lobbying and advocacy.

b)    Connecting Rural and urban youth to strengthen collaboration among them to advocate rural youth access to land and other critical resources and to engage with key stakeholders.

c)     Mobilizing capacity of rural youth, ILC members and others to understand the urgency of involving youth in land governance and providing them with access to land against the SDGs especially in regards with Goals 3(Good Health and wellbeing),4 (Quality Education),8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth),10 (Reduce inequalities),and 15(Life on Land)Training youth organizations/network on VGGT.





National Networking


Network Coordinator support in national level


Producing and disseminating knowledge products for campaign 


Curricula development 


Capacity building on grassroots for rural youth.





Regular platforms meetings in each country participated by minimum of 50 rural-urban youth platforms who are the core team of the platform.


Capacity buildings activities are held in each country per year e.g. leadership, youth and land issues, campaign and advocacy skills, economic empowerment.


Regional meeting of youth to exchange knowledge/learnings) + Policy/Position Paper finalization


Tele-conference meeting of focal points i.e member organisations conduct regular communication through email, online and face to face meeting.


Stakeholders meetings that involve youth.


Knowledge management activities including social media campaign.


Workshop by youth to prepare position/policy paper on Youth and Land issues on country/national level

Draft Position Paper Youth & Land

Final Position paper Youth & Land Bangladesh