The Young Social Innovators Conclave provided a platform for young innovators, technologists, academics and experts to share and exchange their experiences, new initiatives, and challenges in urban development.
Young innovators were given the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of practitioners and come up with solutions to the complexities of issues in urbanisation.
iProbono was one of the organisations participating in the conclave and emphasised the ways in which pro bono legal support can bolster the efforts of NGOs in establishing accountability, transparency and positive change. Inefficient governance and discriminate economic strategies have lead to inequalities that are manifested in our physical environment, in response, over the years the concept of governance has now transformed to one that involves the inclusion of multiple societal institutions and actors, necessitating the input of citizens and other stakeholders.
The Conclave allowed participants to discuss new ways to bridging gaps in development and good governance. Priyanka Dahiya from iProbono attended a panel on governance and discussed the different urban projects they are linked with that work towards strengthening youth participation in good governance and building better cities.
The UN-Habitat in collaboration with the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation established the Indian chapter of the Global Urban Youth Fund which aims to advance youth empowerment in India. Despite the youth demographic making up 44.77% of the population, a large portion of them don’t have access to their basic human rights and needs.
The India Youth Fund focuses on the importance of heath and employment as steps to better development and is working with organisation that attempt to facilitate better access to health, employment and housing to create safer, more inclusive cities in line with the Millenium Development Goals geared towards poverty reduction.