Youth Action Plans

The National Institute of Youth (INJU) carried out two participatory processes to develop Action Plans, with the objective of becoming strategic guides to develop public policies for Youth. The preparation of the first plan (2011-2015) included roundtables and workshops with young people to think about proposals for youth actions and policies. They then developed diagnostic documents and proposals together with institutions and ministries dealing with youth issues. As a last step, consultation workshops were held on the agreed proposals, with the participation of 2300 young people from more than 130 localities across the country. The second plan (2015-2025) was carried out in three stages, starting with the "Initial Dialogues" which sought to generate an idea of the themes relevant to youth. A total of 12 dialogues were held which invited youth social organizations, youths from political parties and other non-governmental organizations specializing in the subject to elaborate on proposals on the themes of educational inclusion, emancipation, comprehensive health and quality of life and participation. The second participatory stage was the "Territorial Dialogues". 32 workshops were held throughout the country, open to all young people between 14 and 29 years. Over 1700 young people participated in the dialogues that were guided by different methodologies to form proposals for the "Plan of Action". The last participatory stage was the "National Juy! Youth Conference". The conference brought together more than 1400 young people from all over the country, mainly participants of the first two stages of participation, for a three day camp in Montevideo. The Conference presented the demands of the departmental delegations and the results of the roundtables. It was also intended to include an online discussion where more young people could comment on the proposals that came out of the regional workshops and that would serve as input for the conference.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

only backed by a governmental program or policy 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
citizens civil society  
democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation


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