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Generation Z is the future. How can we better engage young people in international development?

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Engaging Generation Z

Motivating young people to engage positively with international development

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Livity

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Are you looking to engage with a youth audience? Do you aspire to bring a new generation of supporters on the journey to becoming active citizens? This report explores the lessons learned by expert youth communications practitioners working in the UK.

For Generation Z, technology is not new and exciting – it’s just life. Similarly, technological innovation isn’t celebrated – it’s expected. The result? A generation of self-starters who have an enterprising spirit, are fluid across devices and use visual mediums as preferred means of communication.

The report provides tips and ways of working to help those in the international development sector, particularly NGOs, looking to engage a youth audience. These include:

  • Collaborate with a youth audience
  • Exist in their everyday digital landscape
  • Align altruism and self-interest
  • Be agile and accomodating
  • Work with a range of influencers, both peer-led and well established
  • Encourage share-ability
  • Ensure consistency and clarity

With the international development sector facing an increasingly difficult external environment, there is an urgent need to find creative new ways to make change happen. Working with young people offers an exciting opportunity to achieve this goal.

This report was co-financed by the European Union as part of the European Year for Development.

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