The Rights of Children and Young People
Conducting a Dialogue (part 1)
In the countries reached by Swedish development cooperation, children and young people make up the majority of the population. They have diverse backgrounds and face different challenges. Yet across national boundaries, their capacity to participate in, and contribute to, development is often overlooked. Inadequate attention is also given to protecting children and young people from violence and abuse. Policy dialogue has a central function in Swedish development co-operation. It can be used to push the rights of children and young people higher up on the development agenda, so as to achieve desired results. Opportunities for such dialogue can arise when these rights are high on the agenda – or when they are not. The purpose of this brief is to provide pointers on why, about what, with whom and how to dialogue on the rights of children and young people.