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Water Thinkpiece: Partnering with the Youth to Solve Asia’s Water Problems by Ponce Samaniego

Water Thinkpiece: Partnering with the Youth to Solve Asia’s Water Problems by Ponce Samaniego

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Water Thinkpiece: Partnering with the Youth to Solve Asia’s Water Problems by Ponce Samaniego. ADB’s Youth Initiative has been engaging young water leaders to help solve the water problems across Asia and the Pacific. Can solutions to Asia’s water problems come from its youth?
Water Thinkpiece: Partnering with the Youth to Solve Asia’s Water Problems by Ponce Samaniego. ADB’s Youth Initiative has been engaging young water leaders to help solve the water problems across Asia and the Pacific. Can solutions to Asia’s water problems come from its youth?

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Partnering with the Youth to Solve Asia’s Water Problems
Can solutions to Asia’s water problems come from its youth? ADB is partnering with young water leaders to help solve the region’s water challenges.Tapping the Youth’s Potential
ADB, through its Water Financing Program, is empowering Asia’s youth who represent civil society organizations (CSOs), their schools, and their communities in addressing water problems across the Asia and Pacific region. As an under-tapped human resource, young people are key agents for social change, environmental sustainability, technological innovation, and economic development. ADB’s Youth Initiative is harnessing young leaders’ potential through knowledge-exchange and increasing their participation and involvement in water, sanitation, and hygiene initiatives in the region. ADB also facilitates platforms for youth’s voices to be heard in policy dialogues at the regional and global levels, in programs such as the ADB Annual Meeting, Asia Water Week, the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit, ASEAN Water Dialogue Conference, and the 5th Network of Asian River Basin Organizations General Meeting.“ADB recognizes the importance of engaging and working hand-in-hand with children and the youth,” says Chris Morris, Head of ADB’s NGO andCivil Society Center.“In our experience, the youth consistently and increasingly show that they are capable of addressing urgent development problems through their innovative ideas.”
A Vast but Threatened Resource
 About 60% of the global youth population is in Asia and they are all facing risks every day. WHO statistics show that more than one in ten child deaths (about 800,000 per year worldwide) are caused by diarrhea, a preventable disease through proper sanitation. For the millions of boys and girls who miss school every year due to illnesses resulting from poor sanitation, the implications are far-reaching, affecting their ability to learn and fully participate in their education. According to Water Aid, one in three women and girls worldwide risk shame, disease, harassment, and even attack because they have no safe toilet facilities.In the face of these overwhelming challenges, governments and communities must work together with young people to improve water and sanitation in the region. If nurtured and empowered, the 700 million 15-24 year olds in the region can become the region’s most important asset to improve sanitation in Asia and the Pacific. Plan Thailand Country Director Maja Cubarrubia laments, “As much as the world has progressed in
Water Thinkpiece
August 2014by Ponce Samaniego

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