AIDGLOBAL launches the Study “Different forms of political participation for Development”, carried out by a young researcher and guided by the International Studies Center of Iscte-IUL.
Conducted by Professors Clara Carvalho and Antónia Barreto of the Center for International Studies of Iscte-IUL (CEI-IUL), the study carried out by the researcher Filipe Fernandes seeks to identify the degree of knowledge, involvement and mobilization of Portuguese youth in the face of current global issues and verify whether this participation meets the issues of Development and Global Citizenship.
Through 24 interviews with members of Party Youths and youth associations and students and young people interested in politics, a survey answered by 262 young people and through a theoretical basis of Education for Development and Development Cooperation, the Study concluded that the forms of participation are changing, which translates into the transition from a more formal participation, often seen as negative, to a more informal and less committed action with the Organizations.
However, the results of the Study highlight that young people show to be more sensitized and mobilized for global issues, especially for “Gender Equality”, “Climate” and “Human Rights”, looking for spaces where they can express their opinions and discuss them with other individuals, in a freer and less centralized way. Increasingly, much to the detriment of face-to-face participation, the spaces chosen for these debates are social networks, which motivates several complaints by Organizations about the difficulty of mobilizing youth.
This new way of revealing ideas and values aroused the perception of what it means to be a “Citizen of the world”, with the youth being more attentive and aware of the issues they consider unfair, even if it does not directly affect them, given their increasingly firm relationship and attention to immaterial issues, such as the promotion of Human Rights and Sustainable Development.
The researcher Filipe Fernandes makes several recommendations “to those who have the power to decide”, to political actors and parties, to Party Youths and other entities, so that global issues, defended by young people, are more encouraged and promoted by Organizations. It also calls for the conclusions of the Study not to be indifferent to those who seek to attract the attention of young women, mobilize their energy and bring them closer to their structures.
View the study here.
The study is part of the “Jovens na Política — Participar para a Cidadania Global (2ª) Ed.” (Youth in Politics – Participate for Global Citizenship (2nd edition), project, promoved by AIDGLOBAL and co-financed by Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P.. This project has as partners the Conselho Nacional de Juventude (CNJ), the Federação Nacional das Associações Juvenis (FNAJ), the Dypall Network, the Centro de Estudos Internacionais – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, the Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude (IPDJ), the Centro de Juventude de Lisboa (CJL) and the Câmara Municipal de Santarém, and has the support of Mypolis.