Practitioner Publications

Youth participation in national parliaments (2023)

Krook, Mona Lena, and Brit Anlar. Youth participation in national parliaments. Geneva, CH: Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Just over ten years ago, the IPU’s Member Parliaments adopted the 2010 resolution on youth participation in the democratic process. The resolution led to the creation of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians, the premier global body for the world’s youngest MPs. It also led the IPU to collect data and information on youth participation in parliaments. This latest report is the fifth in the series and is based on data from 2023.

Towards A Youth Participation Index

Anlar, Brit, Nic Cheeseman, Kirstie Dobbs, Sarah Pickard. Toward a Global Youth Political Participation Index: Scoping Study. Brussels, BE: European Partnership for Democracy.

In preparation for the development of a Global Youth Political Participation Index (GYPPI), the research team has put together an ideal type GYPPI to guide future empirical analysis of the feasibility of creating such an Index. This process included triangulating the results of several different processes, including: a review of the literature, a survey with relevant practitioners and civil society organizations, interviews with academics, practitioners, and activists, and a brief review of current and best-practice measures. 

The study is under review and the authors are under consideration for continued work on building the index.

Bridging the Divide

Anlar, B. 2022. Bridging the Divide: Strengthening Partnerships Between Young People and Political Parties. Washington D.C.: National Democratic Institute.

Increasing political participation among youth has been a longstanding component of democracy and governance assistance. Previous programming has heavily focused on strengthening youth participation in traditional, formal processes and institutions. This has included efforts to equip young people with political leadership skills and strengthen party youth wings or other methods of party outreach to youth. This type of programming is most likely to appeal to young people who are predisposed to engage in formal processes and institutions. Research suggests that increasingly, this is at odds with the forms of participation that are most likely to appeal to the majority of young people. Bridging the divide between young people and political parties requires new strategies that recognize young people's legitimate concerns about formal institutions and the ways in which young men and women want to organize politically. It also requires political parties to meet young people where they are. In response to these emerging trends, a new NDI initiative is examining:

The initiative produces new guidance that assists youth-led organizations and democracy practitioners in better bridging the gap between young people and democratic institutions.

Engaging Women in Sustaining Peace: A Guide to Best Practices

Krook, M.L, Aissa, M., Anlar, B., Corredor, E., & Vojvodic, A. 2019. Engaging Women in Sustainable Peace: A Guide to Best Practices. Warsaw: The Community of Democracies.

Women’s equal participation in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes is vital for robust and just democracy and the full involvement of women is prerequisite for achieving, maintaining and promoting sustainable peace.

This publication takes a global perspective, examining women’s roles in sustaining peace in post-conflict countries in Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and Africa. Each chapter identifies best practices for engaging women in sustainable peace and includes some challenges emerging from the lessons learned in each region.

The publication was launched at the CoD side event on: “Women for Peace: Recognizing Women’s Role in Peacebuilding”,  held on the margins of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, on September 26th.

The publication was developed with the generous support from the Community’s Governing Council Member State Republic of Korea.