| || || Youth -- Government policy -- Oceania|
| || || Capacity building policy making and implementation processes : the case of the Pacific Youth Council|
Author: Koster, Vivian
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Subject: Pacific Youth Council, Youth -- Government policy -- Oceania
Call No.: Pac HQ 799 .O3 K67 2014
Copyright:10-20% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: This research is a case study of the Pacific Youth Council and the processes involved in its policy decision-making and implementation, specifically its capacity building policy of leadership and governance training offered to its members, the National Youth Councils. It uses a mixed method approach to gathering information. This ensures an in-depth understanding of the processes involved. These methods are: archival research, case study, participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and questionnaires. The research has found that the Pacific Youth Council policy of capacity building is based on legitimate, feasible and supportive grounds. Firstly, the continued endorsement by members of the policy in a variety of organisational documents proves legitimacy. Secondly, the funding and skilled trainers available for the training programmes have made the policy feasible. Finally, the National Youth Councils have continually supported the policy through document endorsement, needs analysis, and indications of readiness to undertake the training as required by the Pacific Youth Council before the training can occur. The two-pronged content involving transformational leadership training on one prong, and governance and administration on the other has challenged participants to take a closer look at the way their organisations work and at their leadership styles. It has also been an exercise in participatory citizenship as young people have their voices strengthened individually and collectively through their national youth councils. It is also transformative and empowering as young people are engaged in decision making at the local, national and regional level through their national youth council and the Pacific Youth Council.