On October 7, 2014, PTF representatives had the opportunity to share their experiences on youth involvement in anti-corruption initiatives at the World Bank’s Youth Summit.
The Summit convened young civil society and NGO leaders, students, government officials, technical experts and practitioners to discuss how youth can help governments become more open and responsive. The lessons learned from PTF’s considerable experience working with young leaders and youth organizations was shared prominently throughout the day’s events.
During the opening plenary session, Frank Vogl, PTF Co-Founder and Board Member, discussed the importance of recognizing and supporting the value of youth-led transparency and accountability efforts. He called for the World Bank to recognize these groups as equal partners who can help reduce poverty by increasing the effectiveness of pro-poor social services.
PTF and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) also hosted a panel entitled “Youth Contribution to Government Transparency and Accountability.” During this session the speakers explored how young people can work with government to bring about transparency in government processes. Presenters shared experiences and tools that youth can use to help generate a more transparent government. Discussion focused on how young people can contribute to generating grassroots anti-corruption solutions in the delivery of basic services.