Children and youth are particularly sensitive to transitions, in their direct environment due to their developmental stage. Their unique coping mechanisms, through their ability to adapt to stressful situations and their positive influence in provoking change, are usually underestimated. Older children and youth are often at the forefront of social movements, demonstrating against injustice and calling for a more equitable society. At the same time, if left unattended, they can also become more radical and disruptive. These dynamics make it crucial to understand and to promote the perspectives and aspirations of children and youth in transition processes.
Inter-generational conflicts have always been part of life, in all countries and cultures around the world. However, the gaps between the youth and older generations has never been so wide, largely due to the enormous access to information young people have compared to their parents and grandparents. Managing these differences and ensuring participation of all age-groups in transition processes is a core focus of TIs work.
TI sees children and youth as "today's partners" and "tomorrow's leaders". Our experts provide services in the following core areas:
The Child & Youth desk is coordinated by Fatuma Ibrahim.