Are you ready to support the New Global Citizen? 

Global citizenship has changed! Youth are activated—just differently; their leadership is participatory, networked and based in locally-driven, globally connected social movements. Our report, The New Global Citizen: Harnessing Youth Leadership to Reshape Civil Society, exposes how the global development sector has not kept pace with the changing ways youth seek to create social change, creating a disconnect between formal civil society and the majority of youth leaders. 

Without understanding the new model of global citizenship—what we call "participatory citizenship," international development institutions will continue to miss the innovative, networked energy of youth leaders who are motivated, activated but need better support to achieve collective global impact. This report analyzes these gaps, opportunities and outlines a path forward through a new "Collective Civic Participation Framework". Download the report.

key takeaways from the research:

  1. Build a stronger Architecture of Participation across the sector in order to engage and retain youth leaders over the long term.

  2. Reimagine global leadership to fit the profile of today's leaders who are active, engaged and innovating new methods for change. 

  3. Embrace translocal as the new global infrastructure to build agency and autonomy to localize yet connect global issues (rather than centralize and direct) in more accessible, compelling and impactful ways. 

  4. Adopt the Collective Civic Participation Framework as a blueprint for institutions to harness the leadership potential of the next generation of "global citizens" who are activated yet need support to flourish. 

The Sector Map

Mapping 425 organizations and 85 youth leaders, we were able to identify the strengths and gaps across civil society in how they recruit, involve and support new leaders.

Stakeholder Engagement

A key part of our research was engaging youth leaders and practitioners in order to ground our analysis in best practices. These stakeholders participated in interviews, group discussions and feedback sessions to guide the research and the creation of the Collective Civic Participation Framework.

Meet the Emerging Catalysts

Eighty-five youth leaders participated in the research process through surveys, interviews and group feedback sessions. Their experiences bring the data to life and provide clear examples of how the sector is successfully engaging youth leaders and opportunities for improvement. To learn more about the trends in their experiences, visit the Emerging Catalyst data map.

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the sector advisory team

The Sector Advisory Team consists of civil society practitioners. Members contributed to research, data collection and recommendations through monthly calls and individual interviews. These partners provided insightful inputs into our analysis of best practices and trends. 

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