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A study voyage to Incredible India for sustainable development and inclusive Policy forum

"Global Youth Leadership Development Program holds a reputation for being a unique program providing a platform for the global youth to have a nuanced understanding of global affairs. The ultimate idea of the program was to self-realize the diverse participants from across the world on the paradigm of leadership, and this from all the response from my colleague participants was successfully achieved." by Benjamin Odame, 2nd year master student of "Political analysis and public policy" programme.

“Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision” - Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

As a means of contributing separately to the agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, the highly thought through exclusively resourceful educative and entertaining Global Youth Leadership Development Program by the team of experts and dedicated volunteers at the Global Network for Inclusive and Sustainable Development live up to expectation. The maiden program provided the platform for more than twenty five delegates from 15 countries across the length and breadth of the globe.

The pilot program was launched in India in March 2017 at the capital, tailored to meet the specific needs of the Global Youth Leaders, intended to provide them the exposure to world's largest democracy, fastest growing economy and the land of diversity: INDIA. Furthermore, as part of the special and anxious ready to take the mantle of world leadership 20 Youth Leaders participating from 15 countries, we were taken through a rigorous process of acquiring and experiencing practical and better knowledge of nuances of the skill-set required to encourage Inclusive and Sustainable Development globally.

This strictly tight daily participation of online seminars with experts and academic professors, through the face-to-face interactions at Delhi University, International Institute of Foreign Trade - Delhi, Hotel Jutsa, Greater Kailash-1 and ending with some corporate and manufacturing firms like Hero Motorcorp Ltd.

It is an undeniable fact that this two weeks experience has contributed immensely to my understanding and shaping of my goals and ambition with great initiatives which I will be embarking on in my country very soon as far as capacity building and sustainable development are concerned. As a platform for finding voice for the voiceless and creating conducive setting for inclusive and comprehensive idea sharing, it was a astonishing and fascinating listening to some experiences from other people from different parts of the world and how certain activities such as gender equality, human right, legal and political activities are carried out.

It was no surprise at all as GYLDP with its front line practitioners in global affairs and highly experienced speakers helped with possible solutions among the main topics also assisted with recommendations to the problems and concerns raised and value addition thus making this program the best ever leadership program I have ever attended.

Some of the important areas that were discussed during the entire program were; First of all on parliamentary proceedings and how anyone outside India would understand how almost a continent country like India would be able to manage and survive with laws, governance and leadership. Mr. Surinder Watts (Joint Secretary (Retd.), Parliament of India) explained how Parliament of India works and how parliamentary questions play a role in raising the voice from bottom of pyramid to the highest echelon of the democracy.

On International law and trade between and among states and multinational organisations, Mr. Sarvpreet Singh, with his several years of advocacy at the Supreme court and High Court lectured us through from the commencement, reasons, importance, duties, composition and some country cases of the International Court of Justice and International Law. From professors, Economist, Research assistants, to business consultants, the program continued with its undoubtedly with its powerful momentum tackling global topics of importance such as Public Finance Management, Sustainable Management, International Business Environment.

It would have been an incomplete experience in this modern era of technology had we not been briefed on the critical usage of modern world’s most important tool; Technology. Mr. Shreeram Khanna (Former Head &Dean, Dept of Commerce and Managing Editor: Consumer Voice) with his team of experts some of whom were from google shared with us the importance of technology and how every user can at least stay safe as far as Internet Safety is concerned.  This section which had in attendance both individuals and business and company representatives lived beyond its expectation.

Most important among was one of the best foreign professors from my University, Higher School of Economics who happens to also be a citizen of India; Prof. Sanjay Kumar Rajhans. The concept of Global Governance and Non-State Actors was fully and comprehensively explained vividly within few hours of his online interactive section. As representatives of various countries who are aspiring to be the best of products to help make the world a better place of peaceful co-existence, we could not have asked for more than Policy Issues and Developing Policy Framework. Prof. Sanjay handled this session with ease and professionalism as he has comfortably been doing in our classroom back in Moscow pulling practical examples and real life scenarios from both developed and developing countries and individual global actors of global relevance and impact.

All work and no play as affectionately taunted makes Jack a dull boy, thus there was scheduled times and days for sightseeing and cultural tour which sent us to places like the National Museum of India, the India Gate, Taj Mahal(one of the 7 wonders of the world) among others. In fact, the easily visible and friendly display ecocultural and animals around my guest house made me felt like I was on a daily local tour.

It was a mind blowing moment as I entered the national museum seeing display of artefacts dating back to as far as 2000BC and 7th & 8th centuries. Love has always been a very powerful tool which brings out the most creative nature in those who found themselves in fallen in it. With this it was not a surprise for the inception of the world recognized monument at Agra (Taj Mahal) but the mind blowing aspect was “how” the whole structure was put up considering the time and period when technology was not part of any anatomically modern humans’ existence.

After all the educative and fun times, it became clear that this all important program can not only be help in India thus necessary arrangements were made to interact with all the embassies and High commissions of the participants and as part of learning the diplomatic procedures between the sending and host country, sought to create a lasting relationship to enable similar future programs in the participants countries as well.

Embassy of Ghana was very happy to welcome the highly powered delegation were happy to welcome us and as part of the interaction agreed to help in whichever means within their capacity to ensure smooth execution of such program in Ghana and as Head of Ghana’s branch of Global Network for Inclusive and Sustainable Development, it was an honor and dream fulfillment.


Report prepared by Benjamin Odame, 2nd year master student of "Political analysis and public policy" programme