For every vulnerable young person to flourish it’s vital they have the confidence and support to voice their opinion and articulate their needs.

Working with the Chanan Development we gave flood-affected young people in Pakistan the opportunity to voice their needs to local and national decision makers. Photo: CDA Working with the Chanan Development Association we gave flood-affected young people in Pakistan the opportunity to voice their needs to local and national decision makers.

Flooding in 2010 affected 20 million people across Pakistan, leaving young people and their families without jobs, homes and struggling to rebuild their lives. Since the devastating floods we have worked with a youth-led Pakistani organisation called Chanan Development Association to help flood-affected young people to advocate for their needs and rights, to ensure local and national decision makers consider the needs of young people when creating policies and plans.

How we are helping

In Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provinces we identified young people, community leaders and policy makers and gave them a forum to interact through workshops to discuss youth issues with parliamentarians and political figures.

Young people are training in advocacy and leadership skills so they can campaign for their needs, and form disaster risk reduction (DRR) groups to increase their resilience to future disasters.

Saleem, 23, is from the Mardan region of Khyber Pakhtunkhaw which was affected by the devastating 2010 floods. Photo: CDA

Saleem, 23, is from the Mardan region of Khyber Pakhtunkhaw which was affected by the devastating 2010 floods.

Chanan Development Association have produced leaflets and posters to raise awareness about young people’s needs and have made a documentary including video interviews to share the voices of young people affected by the flood.

23-year-old student Saleem, wanted to do something for his community in the aftermath of the floods. “I felt thrilled after my experience of interactive dialogues with decision makers. We have only seen our politicians and local leaders during their election campaigns or in other ceremonies – we never have talked to them directly. For just a chance to get in touch with them to share our community issues is a huge struggle in itself. Watching them in front of us listening and answering our issues felt like a dream.”

What we want to achieve

  • Engage 2,000 young people living in flood-affected areas through 40 workshops with local and national decision makers
  • Train 200 young people living in flood-affected areas to campaign, lobby and advocate on issues important to them
  • Promoted the need and rights of young people through social media, and through electronic and print publications