April 4, 2022. Kungrad district, Karakalpakstan. On March 29, 31 and April 4, UNDP in Uzbekistan held trainings to enhance the capacities of rural youth in Bozatau, Muynak and Kungrad districts on public planning and decision-making. This initiative is also aimed at studying the needs of the rural population in pilot territories for the integration of Sustainable Development Goals on the ground.
About 90 young people took part in the trainings aimed at:
Local authorities play a major and practical role in the implementation of the SDGs and, as noted during the meetings, they make a significant contribution to the implementation of global and national SDGs. Participants gained knowledge and skills in using methods and tools for rapid community assessment, local youth learned to conduct their own research to identify problems and determine priorities in their implementation in the field of social infrastructure and community digitalization.
In the practical part of the training, which took place in the format of group work, participants were introduced a "Community Development Plan" to fill out according to a certain sample, which in the future will allow young people to participate in the processes of public planning and decision-making.
The trainings are organized within the framework of the Joint Programme of UNDP, UNFPA and FAO "Unleashing young people’s and vulnerable citizens’ creativity and innovation by strengthening their adaptive capacity to address the economic and food insecurities in the exposed communities of the Aral Sea region" in partnership with local khokimiyats and district divisions of the Youth Agency of the Republic of Karakalpakstan.