Values & Principles Print


Our work is informed by the following values and principles:

  • Human dignity, which implies equal rights for all irrespective of gender, race, religion, or social status.

  • Young people as instruments and agents of their own development.

  • Young people are social beings belonging to a network of structures as family and community, which are essential to their development.

  • The promotion of social and economic inclusion as well as integration of young people into the mainstream of society and the economy.

  • Intentional youth-focused interventions that prioritise addressing the needs of young people effectively.

  • Mutual agreement and support to empower those who are not in the position to voice their own interest and assist in making their voices heard.

  • Integrity, independence and the rights of the member organizations (groups) are respected.

  • Youth friendly approach.


  • Human dignity - which implies equal rights for all irrespective of gender, race, religion, or social status.
  • Accessibility – young women and men of diverse backgrounds must access resources and services crucial to their total development.

  • Responsiveness – all youth development service-providers should respond to the needs and concerns of young people and be guided by the intention to act in their best interests, thus maximising their human potential.

  • Holistic – youth development initiatives must encompass all aspects of a young person’s life and respond to their physical, psychological, social, economic and spiritual needs within the socio-political environment, thus ensuring that they gain the necessary knowledge, skills and experience required to ensure smooth transition into adult life.

  • Integration – the need for different key role players such as government, civil society, private and business sectors to coordinate their efforts to ensure greater impact in developing young people.

  • Diversity – youth development interventions must recognise and acknowledge the diverse backgrounds from which young people come and celebrate the roles played by different agents of socialisation, tradition, culture and spirituality in the development of young women and men.

  • Sustainable development – young people’s assets, potential, capacity and capability must be maximised so that they can respond effectively and efficiently to life’s challenges without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

  • Transparency – institutions and organisations involved in youth development should operate in a transparent and accountable manner.

  • Social cohesion – youth development interventions should promote the inclusion of young people as significant part of societal structures by involving them in democratic activities.