Planning for human beings

Hania Aswad

The spread of revolution through a number of Arab countries indicates a new era for the whole region. In order to fashion that new era in the spirit of the revolutions, those who helped make them and who form the majority of the region’s population – the young people – need help to find ways to become permanently involved in shaping their countries’ futures.

The Arab Spring movement reinvigorated young people across the region. Those between the ages of 15 and 29 constitute the largest age group among Arab populations, representing more than one third of the region’s total inhabitants – that’s to say over 100 million young people.[1] After years of despair and high immigration, they have regained their confidence, re-evaluated their role and capabilities, and taken an active role in bringing about change.

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