The Enduring Gap: Decentralisation Reform and Youth Participation in Local Rural Governance
To understand the contribution of the decentralisation reform to youth participation in local rural governance, this paper reviews empirically how youth have utilised the participatory opportunities enabled by the decentralisation reform based on three themes: civic, political and electoral. The findings suggest that despite decentralisation having been implemented for more than a decade, youth participation in local rural governance in general and development planning in particular has been limited. When youth do engage, the activities are often triggered or facilitated by intermediaries (i.e. youth associations, commune councils and village chiefs). Given this reliance, it can be argued that youth still lack courage and remain passive without the role of intermediaries.