CARE International

Enabling Agency and Ownership

To engage youth as active participants in the monitoring and evaluation of projects, in order to improve monitoring and evaluation processes.

CARE designed a new social accountability tool called “Third Party Monitoring” through which youth groups were trained and empowered to monitor some government public works and community development projects in Egypt.

This initiative was successful because it empowered youth to make a substantive contribution to the organisation’s work, it supported youth access to decision-making processes, and it provided youth with the opportunity to create a long-term impact. By empowering youth to take ownership over a program that is very important to CARE’s work the organisation demonstrated trust, and enabled agency. The outcomes of those actions were that the youth continued to engage beyond the official end of the program in order to institutionalise their work.

CARE successfully engaged youth in this project and improved its own monitoring and evaluation system. Following the four-year project, these youth groups are now working with a semi-governmental entity to institutionalise the tool into the semi-governmental entity’s operation manual.

Does your organisation have a civil society youth engagement practice that you would like to showcase here? Please let us know in the form below – any language is welcome! If you have any questions, please let us know at agna@civicus.org

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