The IGAD Youth Policy is an important tool for advancing Youth rights in the Horn of Africa region. While building on the same basic principles as the African Union Youth Charter highlights issues of special importance in the African context. The two legal instruments complement and reinforce each other in a powerful way. The IGAD Youth Policy has been widely consulted with the Technical Experts responsible for Youth Affairs from the Horn of Africa region member states, representation from the National Youth Councils and Youth Led Organizations and the IGAD Secretariat.
In making this happen, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Horn of Africa Youth Network(HoAYN), Save the Children (SCI) has spearheaded the development of the IGAD Youth Policy and its implementation roadmap to guide and mainstream youth issues in policies, laws and programmes geared towards empowering the youth to develop their potential, creativity and skills as productive and dynamic members of the Community while ensuring meaningful youth participation in political processes and building for political, social and economic stability of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.