It's time to let the voices of 30-35 million young Pakistani’s be heard.
The Next Generation Voices Research Series intends to bring the opinions and perspectives of young people in Pakistan to the forefront of policy debates. The research series is led by an eminent Task force comprising of leading Pakistani’s in the fields of academics, industry, journalism, media, civil society and the public sector.
The reports published under this series serve to educate and allow policymakers, opinion makers, stakeholders and most importantly our political leaders to recognise the potential these young people possess. Most importantly it is to recommend ways of harnessing the energies of the Next Generation to realise the demographic opportunity Pakistan currently enjoys owing to a young population.
‘Pakistan: The Next Generation’ report published in 2009 sparked a much needed debate on how the country can transform itself to harness the potential of its young people. The report argued that it was time for a fresh start.
With this in mind a fresh series titled ‘Next Generation Voices’ has been commissioned with a report published in April 2013 and another forthcoming in 2014.
Next Generation goes to the Ballot Box 2013
The first report in the series, explores how the country and specifically the youth have fared since the 2008 elections. The focus is on defining the issues, identity and aspirations of a strong block of first time and young voters.
Will this be a ‘youth election’ and will this factor be strong enough to herald major political change? Read the Next Generation Goes to the Ballot Box to find out!
In a second report, which will be published December 2013, we will delve more deeply into the identity and aspirations of the next generation, and how young people are being shaped by the turbulence of the times they have grown up in.