Youth Vulnerability and Exclusion (YOVEX) workshop Tuesday 7th April 2009

On behalf of the Conflict Security and Development Group (CSDG) of Kings College, University of London, I write to invite you to a half day workshop ‘Youth Vulnerability and Exclusion (YOVEX) in Lagos’ on Tuesday 7th April 2009 at the Protea Leadway Hotel, Maryland, Lagos from 9am.

In 2006, the CSDG, King’s College London began a study of youth vulnerability and exclusion in seven West African countries. The study was informed by the need to better understand the socio-economic and political plight of young people in West Africa, and to assess state-led and non-state processes, initiatives and services to see the extent to which they meet the needs and aspirations of youth. The research was expanded to also examine the coping mechanisms, resources and initiatives that sustain youth in a context where poorly designed policies and the in-actions of formal institutions have increased exclusion and vulnerability.

The aim of the seminar is to disseminate the key findings of the Lagos case study, share ideas on the way forward, and kick-start constructive engagement between youth and key stakeholders, including government, private sector and civil society groups. Confirmed participants include the Lagos State Commissioner for Youth & Sports, Government functionaries, parliamentarians, youth groups in Lagos and civil society organisation, and representatives of international aid and development agencies.

The Youth Vulnerability and Exclusion study and the dissemination workshop are sponsored by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Please confirm your acceptance of this invitation by reaching Mr. Hakeem Ajadi on 08023128488 or please call me anytime on 08023046134.

Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration.

Sincerely,

Temitayo Etomi.

On behalf of the Coordinating Committee

Email: seriousspy {at} yahoo.com

Ps- I would be grateful to receive your response to this invitation and if you are unable to attend, the name of anyone from your organization who might represent you.

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