Youth Engagement in Water Governance - Vanguards of Change

Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA)

Youths celebrate the World Water Day in Chandpur, Bangladesh. Photo: Masud Al Mamun/ CNRS/Oxfam
Paper author: 
Sameer Singh
Paper publication date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2020

South Asia is home to one-fifth (19%) of the world's youth, and regional youth unemployment stands at 11% (according to UN DESA Youth report). There is growing evidence that climatic variability impacts water availability and quality – which jeopardizes social stability and jobs for the youth.

Sustainable water management, water infrastructure, and access to water and sanitation can improve living standards, expand local economies, create jobs for youth and others, and ensure greater social inclusion.

Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA) recognizes youth as an important group who can advocate, bring awareness, and innovation to drive the next generation of policies for water governance-related issues across boundaries. TROSA's approach to working with the youth as active citizens supports young people to collectively use their energy and skills to contribute and create transformational change in society.