Ediola Pashollari, the Secretary General of World Assembly of Youth.

Paul  (NAYD Steering Group lead)

Welcome to another CFP meeting. Our guest today is Ediola Pashollari, This is an open forum meeting so this is your chance to engage with Ediola over the next hour. Thanks for joining us Ediola. You’re a very busy lady, it seems to me constantly travelling around the world. Can you tell us about WAY and a brief job description?

Ediola (Secretary General of World Assembly of Youth)

Thanks Paul for the opportunity to chat with youth leaders of NAYD CFPs. Greetings to all, I am Ediola Pashollari, the Secretary General of World Assembly of Youth. WAY is a coordinating body of national youth councils and national youth organisation and currently we have 140 member countries around the world. As SG of WAY, it is my duty to run WAY Secretariat and Headquarters, which are both located in Melaka, Malaysia. I represent WAY and NYC at UN and its Agencies, run activities at international, regional and sometimes at national level and also consult countries in establishment of national youth councils, youth policies and policies related to youth and their issues. in brief 

Kalejaiye (CFP Nigeria)

With 140 members country, what are your oversight function on each country youth activities.

Ediola

We assist our members on youth related issues / policies, but we also assist them in creating activities, policies and also publications related to it.

Kalejaiye

Do you provide other technical assistance on how to implement those policies?

Ediola

Yes, we advise and assist, that is why all our outcomes are at international level, so each country can implement it as they see fit or necessary… but yes, we try our best to assist at all levels. It is up to our members to report on the critical issues that they have an we assist accordingly… it could be in format of events, publications, documents, etc

Phatsimo (CFP Botswana)

Can you be more specific on how you assist youth with policies? Especially at national level? And how do you work with youth organisations at National level, regional and continental level?

Ediola

In countries that NYP doesnt exist, we assist with its draft and implementation. in countries where they exist, we assist with monitoring and sometimes evaluation… to see whether those policies are up to date.

Paul

Can you give us a specific example for one of the African National Youth Councils Ediola, say Nigeria?

Ediola

I am happy to say that many outcome documents of WAY has been brought to different stakeholders for implementation in Nigeria

Kalejaiye

Do you have any mechanism to checkmate countries not implementing those policies. Like sanctions etc

Ediola

No, we do not implement sanctions. We are here to offer our assistance, it is up to them whether they will use it or take it.

Phatsimo

Follow up question. Do you have a list of countries that NYP exist in Africa and those that do not?

Ediola

Yes, we do… it is in our website www.way.org.my

Ediola

We have 4 types of membership at WAY, full members, observers, associate and consultative. Full members are national youth councils, observers and associate are national youth organisations and consultative are regional and international organisations being a coordinating body of national, regional and international youth organisations, we assist with resources needed, such as consultation, publications, outcome documents, etc

Muh (DCFP Cameroon)

What are you achievements and especially in African

Ediola

For the past 69 years of our existence, we have established and amended many laws / policies in Africa

Phatsimo

National Youth Councils are very important. How do you continue to make sure that they serve the interest of young people that they serve? I realise that most of them are located in towns and cities….and most of the issues that young people face in the African continent aren’t addressed effectively. How do you assist in that regard?

Ediola

That’s a great a great question… we cannot force members to assist or serve their people but in case the NYC fails to do so, young people are welcome to reach out to WAY for assistance. that is why our doors are always open to participate at our event, even though they are not part of the NYC

Ediola

Unfortunately, in Africa most of the NYC are politically influenced, and that it why we open the doors for all…. to give everyone a chance

Phatsimo

My realisation. Most of the NYC in Africa have a political motivation.

Kalejaiye

Kindly give us some of your amended policies in Africa

Ediola

Namibia is a very good example in implementing our outcome documents in their laws / policies

Duku

How are you different from other youth bodies working to advance an adherence to the SDG in countries. Are you different at all?

Ediola

WAY is a UN resolution, established in 1949 to assist and coordinate NYC and act independently of Public sector. We are a policy making organisation, even though we also try to fit in advocacy and awareness activities

Phatsimo

They are also funded by government which limits their advocacy role. How do you assist NYC in making them an independent body?

Ediola

We offer our help / assistance but it is up to NYC to take it… unfortunately, in some countries we do not make as much of a difference as we hope for

Muh

Africa and especially Cameroon has a youth Council that we usually know they exist only during election. We have good action plan on papers but little or no implementation. How can you address this

Ediola

Unfortunately, that is the case with many countries, that is why it is important for youth leaders to act right 

Phatsimo

Our youth council is really failing in Botswana. Most of the young people do not know it’s role in development and importance. 

Ediola

I am aware of the situation in Botswana and their issues… like i said sometimes NYC leadership is challenging for both the youth in the country and us at WAY

Ediola

@Kalejaiye Olasunkanmi if you look at the publications and outcomes documents made on violence, arm conflicts, etc… that will show you that WAY is against any form of violence

Mini (CFP Libya)

How do you support the youth in making NYC in their countries, which the councils have not yet been formed ?

Ediola

There are many countries that do not have NYC and if they do… it does require reviving it

Kalejaiye

Any outcome documentary made on it?

Ediola

Please have a look at this http://way.org.my/program-outcome

Paul

Is there a mechanism for addressing the NYC’s that are failing//take no notice of your advice @Ediola? Can our CFPs act as advocates, for instance?

Ediola

Yes, CFPs could help a lot… we all want a better world for all and we also know what our part in contributing is… as long as see beyond our greed… it is fine 

Kalejaiye

Helping to make policies only without certain conditions will not help Africa. Average Africans will not naturally allow policies to work until been pushed.

Ediola

For a country to work n develop it is important to establish policies and then make sure that they are implemented, monitored and evaluated at all times… that is the role of NYC and WAY… but mostly NYC, because that is their main role

Kalejaiye

Can WAY take advocacy as a thematic to move from policy development to policy implementation entity

Ediola

We do both of them, but opportunity should be given to us… we cant demand nor force it

Muh

I usually feel that any action without punitive measure is useless. What action do you take to punish recalcitrant leaders

Ediola

Unfortunately, no action…. as there is no such international youth policy as of now and trust me, I have tried establishing one, but it is impossible to do so

Duku (CFP Liberia)

In light of the situation in Botswana, on what scale do you measure the success of your organization in exacting its responsibilities in countries. How do you act, when you are challenged by a stubborn system.

Ediola

Being youth leaders, we are taught to work outside the lines and think outside the box… sometimes you don’t need to change the system, all you need to do is educate the youth and youth leaders

Kalejaiye

Is it possible for WAY to make youth national body independent like each country Football Federation. Not be controlled by government. Many youth are dying daily because they have been used as a political tools by greedy leaders.

Ediola

Our intention is to create such NYC… it is later on that with its leadership things change… like I said, we are there to coordinate and assist NYC but we let them run independently.

Duku

What are you doing to expand your outreach? I think you should do more to expand your image in member countries

Ediola

 We have open the doors for partnership and collaboration with non NYC and to all youth. Of course that is a lot more that has to be done… but we all should work together collectively, as a team to reach our goals

Duku

Are you in Liberia or do you have partner organizations here?

Ediola

No we are not in Liberia… they should apply for membership… we cant force them

Phatsimo

How do you as NAYD focal points work with NYC?

Kalejaiye

Do u support a national body by way of getting grants for implementing her policies n other activities

Muh

How can we of NAYD of to advocate you actions

Ediola

Youth issues are the same in every country… it is the percentage that changes… at WAY we tackle 21 youth issues, more than MDGs and SDGs… even though we were part of MDGs and SDGs establishments

Phatsimo

How do we as NAYD country focal persons work with NYC?

Ediola

NAYD is a member of WAY as well… they assist with issues in the region. I am not a NAYD Focal point

Duku

Please share the link for application.

Ediola

Here is the link http://way.org.my/members. You can have a look at the current members and also find the membership criteria and mode of application

Mountassir (CFP Chad)

Hello everyone I am Mountassir CFP from Chad. I am sorry to be late. Thanks for sharing your idea

Ediola

Mountassir Mahamat Ali welcome to the chat

Kalejaiye

How can NAYD at country level partner with WAY

Ediola

You are welcome to advise, share publication, report on youth issues in the country and also other matters related to youth… all advice, inputs and contributions are welcome 

Kalejaiye

Thanks for time well spent

Mini

The rapid questions of my colleagues, made me just follow  thank everyone for the fruitful chatting Grateful thanks for @Ediola Pashollari Special thanks for @Paul Shaw

Ediola

Thanks as well. I hope i have answered all your questions 

Duku

Thanks from Ljberia. I’ll make a review of your work and channel any further question/suggestions through Paul

Ediola

You can always reach me at ediola@way.org.my or through Paul

Paul

We have 10 minutes left. Can you tell us about WAY’s approach to implement the SDGs in Africa?…and how we at NAYD, especially the CFPs can engage with you?

Ediola

We have conducted several events around the world on SDGs and we plan to continue to do so…. since our plan of action for 2014-2019 is focused on Sustainable Development way before SDGs were adopted. CFPs are welcome to join our yahoo group https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/WorldYouth/info that’s where all upcoming events and publications are shared… they could assist to disseminate them, share them with all interested parties and also provide feedback on their country’s situation related to youth and youth issues. we all should work as a team

Mini

If we did not have NYC’s in our countries, how can we send you reports on the most important issues facing us?

Ediola

You can send to my email ediola@way.org.my and / or info@way.org.my.

Paul

Thanks @Ediola for your time and invaluable contributions today. You have seen there is considerable frustration with the CFPs over youth policies in their countries.

Ediola

Thanks Paul for the opportunity given for this chat… I completely understand and stand with them on this matter… that’s why it is pertinent that we all work together and erase any boundaries. Thank you all… I look forward to working together for the betterment of youth in Africa. Keep up the amazing work that you all are doing