Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) implementing youth-related interventions in the Northern Region have begun exploring ways to synergize their activities to ensure a coordinated effort at addressing challenges facing the youth in the country.

The move is aimed at applying resources effectively to better the lot of the youth whiles accelerating the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in the country.

At a two-day Youth CSOs Conference in Tamale, which ended on Thursday, the participating CSOs presented their youth-related projects for all to draw linkages for partnerships as well as share perspectives on ensuring effective partnerships.

The conference, organized by the Youth Empowerment for Life (YEfL), was attended by CSOs including NORSAAC, Urbanet, Equiphubs, Centre for Active Learning and Integrated Development, Ghana Denmark Friendship.

Madam Vera Jawol Magan, Director of YEfL, said partnerships amongst CSOs would help to ensure greater results in terms of projects implemented to benefit the youth.

Madam Jawol Magan expressed the need for CSOs to collaborate to undertake their interventions rather than appear to be competitors adding the dwindling donor support even made it more imperative for partnerships to pool resources for greater impacts.

Mr Issah Amin Dana, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at NORSAAC, suggested a strong CSOs advisory committee to ensure institutional capacity building opportunities to enhance youth development in the region.

Mr Dana said there is the need for CSOs to disseminate research findings to others to foster effective partnership to enhance their work.

Mr Ziblim Shaibu, Northern Regional Director of the National Youth Authority, commended the CSOs for the decision to ensure synergy in their activities saying this would help to better tackle youth challenges in the region.



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