Economic empowerment / youth livelihoods
Education, learning and access to information
Social equity and inclusion
Climate change and environmental sustainabilityFor each of these broad themes, representatives from each participating country on the AYRNRegional Coordination Team (RCT) will agree a number of possible research focuses either for the whole region or for sub-regions. They will also suggest a range of specific researchquestions that would be relevant to sub-regions / specific countries and which can bemanaged within the available resources. Each country will then be able to select from a menuof choices, so that the actual study fits the local context.
The AYRN aims to create the opportunity for youth to gain access to a wide range of researchskills and therefore is open to different types of research methods (quantitative, qualitativeand combined qualitative/quantitative) and supports an
inclusive approach that welcomesdiversity.
AYRN recognizes the value to be gained from youth-led research, where young peoplework independently from adults, seeking support when they need it.
AYRN also recognizes the value in young people working under the guidance of established researchers, especially where they add their understanding / unique insights.
AYRN also notes that in some situations, funding will be dependent of partnershipsbetween youth-led and adult-led organisations, and that the benefits of working together are mutual. AYRN will promote relationships of mutual respect for unique strengths – sothat youth's valuable role is recognised and rewarded appropriately.
AYRN StructureNational Research Teams
In each country, working through local partners, a team of 5-10 young people interested inworking with AYRN will be selected according to agreed criteria. They will have access toappropriate training programmes to prepare them to start working on their first researchassignment. Local experts and mentors will be identified from partner organizations or externally to support the country teams. A number of Research Attachments will be madeavailable for members of AYRN both in the UK and in the region.
Regional Coordination Team
A regional AYRN team will be formed to direct and manage the work of the AYRN at regionallevel. The regional team will include a member from each country, elected for one year.Members will be eligible to be re-elected once only in order to give opportunity to other members of country teams.
Mechanisms of InteractionFace-to-face
The network will rely on both face-to-face and virtual working. The national team will have theopportunity to work face to face at the local level. They will be encouraged to coordinate withother national teams virtually and by sending representatives/ exchanges/ to sub-regionaltraining and forums.
Groups will be encouraged to use e-tools for virtual meetings (chat, skype talk, facebook,messaging etc). Horizontal linkages between youth will be emphasized (i.e. without passing