Audio: Youth and the Rule of Law

Youth and the Rule of Law


Youth and the Rule of Law Panel

Many countries receiving the largest amounts of foreign aid are overwhelmingly youthful, with median ages hovering around 15–22 years. (The median age in the U.S. and Germany is 37 and 45 years, respectively.) And yet resources directed at youth, including in the area of democracy and governance (D&G), are not commensurate with the percentage of the populations they represent. Nor are these resources in line with the outsized dividends that youth-oriented programming can generate. There is a growing body of evidence, including from fields such as neuroscience, that youth are inherently more capable of adopting pro-D&G values and habits than their adult counterparts. This panel explored how to convert demographic developments such as the “youth bulge” in many developing countries into opportunities to promote the rule of law more effectively—and potentially with fewer resources.


Michael Maya (moderator), Deputy Director, ABA Rule of Law Initiative
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Maryanne Yerkes, Senior Civil Society Advisor and Acting USAID Youth Advisor, Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Center, U.S. Agency for International Development
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Charles-Guy Makongo, Country Director for the Democratic Republic of Congo, ABA Rule of Law Initiative
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Mattias K. A. Lundberg, Senior Economist and Youth Focal Point, Human Development Network, World Bank
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Question and Answer session
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