By Krystle Corpuz
Krystle is one of AIDemocracy’s 2010-2011 Issue Analysts. Find out more about Krystle below or take a look at the  
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On the World Bank website, there is a portal called East Asian and the Pacific Youth (EAPYouth). One particular link caught my attention; it said “Participants in the Pacific Youth Festival held in Tahiti formulated 58 resolutions calling stakeholders to recognize youth as key to development.”This statement is indicative of the mindset of many decision makers. In the media, young people could write a1000 resolutions to share with the world, but to what ends would they even be recognized and taken seriously. Young people, practicing their agency to be a part of the dialogue for social change, should not be “calling stakeholders” to recognize their ideas. Instead they should be seen as a stakeholder themselves. They have investments in their community just like anyone else. Why are they being stifled by pretences that they are unable to fulfil such responsibilities? 

Youth involvement within international financial institutions will be a difficult road to take. Unlike government agencies, international financial institutions do not necessarily see young people as constituents because donor officials are not elected. Hence, young people must be cognizant of the very little representation they have in international financial institutions and be strategic in their approach. Instead of the usual advocating for specific issues or pressuring donor agencies to increase funding, young people should establish a business relationship with their donor agencies and approach them as stakeholders in their communities. 

In the end, I envision young people to have a strong business and stakeholder mindset when working with donor agencies and project officers. Young people will soon prove they can be taken seriously amongst international decision makers. The chance to prove that they can provide ideas that are worthy and equal to consultants, policymakers, economists, and specialists will be a huge stepping stone for youth involvement around the world. 

 My name is Krystle Corpuz. I graduated from Georgetown in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service. I am currently working in the Philippines with a consulting firm that pursues International Development Assistance (IDA) projects with the multi-lateral and bi-lateral international funding agencies (e.g. World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Japanese International Cooperation Agency, and etc.). My professional job has given me an opportunity to explore how many of these funding agencies operate and I want to share that knowledge with young people so they can be empowered to influence decision makers and understand how projects are funded in developing countries.