Youth Voices in Development – Cohort 3

Youth Voices in Development

Youth Voices in Development (YVID) is intended to leverage the creativity, knowledge and experience of young Canadians learning about development challenges first-hand during their VIDEA internship placements in southern and East Africa.  For each month of their internship, VIDEA interns participating in Global Affairs Canada’s International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) write a thought piece related to development. The intent is that these assignments act as a catalyst for expanding the interns’ thinking and understanding, by drawing upon on-the-ground experiences to deepen their understanding of sustainable development. In order to share the interns’ learning with a wider audience, select pieces will then be shared through the VIDEA website, newsletter and other media.

This year's YVID focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals were developed through a collaborative, UN-led process and provide an aspirational framework for global development until 2030. Read more about the SDGs here:

Topic 3. Choose two or three of the Sustainable Development Goals and discuss, based on observations you have made during your internship and other experience/knowledge, how they interconnect with one another, and how this impacts how the goals should be addressed. 

Intern Responses

Aja Sherlock - YWCA Chipata, Zambia

Emerant Barclay - YWCA Chipata, Zambia

Alexandra Graziosi - Women for Change, Zambia

Jenelle Nicolajsen - Equality for Growth, Tanzania

Darragh Coward - Women's Legal Aid Centre, Tanzania

Check out Darragh's video

Topic 2. Goal Five: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

1. What do you think are the entry points for addressing this goal in your host country, and what recommendations would you make for achieving this goal?  

Goal Two:  Zero Hunger:  End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

2. Choose one or more of the targets of goal two. What are your observations and recommendations for addressing this target in your host country, based on your experience?

Intern Responses

Meet VIDEA's IYIP Interns!

In addition to doing the YVID, many of VIDEA's interns blog about their internship experience and critically engage with various aspects of development - click on their photo to check out their blog

Cohort 3

Emerant Barclay


Vanessa Barr


Darragh Coward


Alexandra Graziosi


Jenelle Nicolajsen


Lara Ramsaylara

Aja Sherlock


Ryan Winch