Traveling to New York for the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action meetings was a transformative experience. I met some incredible and inspiring people in the humanitarian aid/development sector, attended meetings to contextualize AYANA’s work and learned new techniques for brainstorming for youth engagement, future-mapping, and more. After the launch of the Igniting Hope Report (by the Compact members), I sat in on a ECOSOC chamber meeting discussing the sustainability of development, which AYANA’s work is centered around. I was also able to participate in the Future and Foresight workshop, held by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). In this workshop, we began to explore complex long-term issues that the world faces and the outcomes that these issues may hold. The mission of the Solferino Academy (by the IFRC) is using the future to transform the present. We discussed concepts from Islamic Finance to AI that may have social, political, and/or economic impacts that play into the future of humanitarian aid/youth engagement.
(LEFT) In New York, Mahika met with the Deputy Executive Director of the UNFPA, Dereje Wordofa.
(RIGHT) Mahika, AYANA's founder, speaks at a Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action meeting.