Commitment to ongoing dialogue with interested parts
During the development of the ’17 -’27 strategy, it became clear that we were in need of a balanced approach to addressing issues affecting young people in Greece. To be effective, we need to ensure a balance between stakeholder support , public administration support and youth opportunities.
Similarly, equilibrium balance needs to be struck between direct initiatives and long-term changes underpinning the strategy.
Most ideas for these long-term changes underline the need for better alignment and coordination at the level of public administration and its internal structures, as well as, between public administration, private initiative and, generally, those providing services and support for the empowerment of young people.
It is understood that there is a need to ensure:
- Alignment of planning with a common set of objectives and outcomes for youth.
- Active participation of young people in decisions affecting their lives.
- Establishment of benchmarks to ensure that the government continues to make progress on the Youth Empowerment Strategy objectives.
- Adoption of accountability procedures and methods for monitoring and measuring results at all levels.
In this direction, it is crucial to engage young people themselves as well as all stakeholders. During the consultation period, at least two important conclusions were reached: On the one hand, the intersectoral nature of the issues affecting young people cannot be ensured by one body alone; instead, synergies and coordinated efforts by all stakeholders are needed in order to find innovative and sustainable solutions. On the other hand, no one is more familiar with the effectiveness of initiatives and measures by the youth itself and the agencies of local communities .
The commitment to lasting dialogue with youth and local communities should be a major objective of any action plan. The stakeholder consultation process can act as a tool for mutual understanding of the reasonable expectations and needs of all interested parties. Administrative structures usually provide various opportunities for stakeholder consultation in the context of their activities, from which they can provide useful input to decision making. For this project, improved cooperation between the government and stakeholders is proposed by setting up a Standing Dialogue and Monitoring Committee for the Empowerment of the Youth, which will be coordinated by the General Secretariat for Youth. This committee will be consist of people representing different collectives, cultures, professions and representatives of youth organizations and will meet on a regular basis (at least three times a year). It will provide advice to the General Secretariat for Youth on how to better target existing initiatives and programs, while at the same time be able to propose new directions for action.
Undoubtedly, emphasizing the progress of objectives and the effectiveness verification of programs and initiatives is an important factor for success. Evaluating the results of collective investment is crucial to ensure that:
- the social value of the resources invested will be maximized,
- the expected results will be achieved,
- overlaps will be avoided,
- the possibility that interested parties will work in opposite directions will be avoided.
Against this background, we must work with all stakeholders to develop comprehensive and effective tools that can offer optimal support to the measurement and evaluation of the success of the programs and initiatives.