n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Partnership with government in the delivery of the diploma in youth in development : the case of Papua New Guinea

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



In 1995, youth ministers from the Commonwealth mandated the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) to develop a diploma in youth and development work that could be delivered through distance education. This initiative led to the establishment of a qualification that is offered by more than 20 tertiary training institutions (referred to as 'partner institutions') across the Commonwealth.

This brief contribution attempts to discuss the issues surrounding the ownership of the CYP's Diploma in Youth in Development. To consider the ownership of the course, I felt it is worth discussing 'partnership', rather than ownership directly on its own. While conversing about the issue of partnership, I will touch on the issue of ownership of the Diploma in Youth in Development.
Although identification of the owner of the diploma is important, I believe that developing interagency collaboration and partnership arrangements in the delivery of the diploma is crucial. Therefore, the article begins with a discussion of partnership arrangements between the CYP, state and partner institutions. This is followed by a discussion of the advantages of national government involvement in the delivery of the programme. Then, I have included a brief discussion on the example of Papua New Guinea (PNG), where a three-way partnership arrangement involving the state was developed. After that, a brief overview is provided of the national task force on the diploma programme and finally a few words on the involvement of the regional youth caucus member.

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