The special needs of young people have not been adequately taken into account in the design and delivery of public services and other development initiatives. The generally limited involvement of youth in the design of programs has resulted in low levels of youth participation and up-take of many services. However, in the context of both urban and rural livelihoods, it is not usually practicable to create separate youth provision of major services (for example, agricultural extension). The challenge is, therefore, to create youth-friendly services that directly address the specific needs of young people.

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