youth driving democratic change
the oslo center

Youth Assemblies

Selected at the 2019 Paris Peace Forum to receive one year of support in 2020

Project led by : 

The Oslo Center

Geographical Area

Youth Assemblies is a concept initiated in Mombasa, Kenya, which engages youth to take an active part in driving peaceful, democratic change in society. The concept builds on local mechanisms for dialogue and consultations, using parliamentary structure and procedures where issues of concern for the youth and suggested solutions, are brought forward to the duty-bearers and stakeholders. The actions taken and results achieved are reported back to the youth.


The work and methodology developed by Youth Assemblies is unique, and encourages holding the government and stakeholders accountable, youth raising their voices and taking their place in society, as well as building and encouraging a culture of democracy. The concept is currently being initiated in other counties in Kenya, and the Oslo Center has received several requests from communities in other countries.


The Oslo Center was established in 2006 by former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and former Cabinet Minister Einar Steensnæs, as an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization. The main areas of work has been peace, democracy and human rights, and through the years the mission of the center has increasingly focused on democracy support. The Oslo Center works by responding to requests to assist political parties, parliaments, governments and civil society to strengthen democratic governance and processes.

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