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Learning Briefs | April 15, 2022

Collaborative Infrastructure: The Foundation of Systems Change for Youth Livelihoods and Leadership

First Installment of the ‘The Future is Young’ Learning Series

The brief focuses on one of the key aspects of the Global Opportunity Youth Network (GOYN), the Collaborative Infrastructure, the process that develops and sustains relationships among ecosystem actors – including youth - in a “community” (which can be as a district, department or other levels) to increase collaboration, accountability, trust, and ownership for youth livelihoods. This approach is based on Collective Impact, which brings stakeholders together in a structured manner to achieve social change. The brief provides an overview of the approach, its components and what it looks like in action in the GOYN communities, which include Mombasa/Kenya and Thiès/Senegal, where the CRS CPs are contributing to and supporting these efforts.