Centro de Pesquisas sobre Governação e Desenvolvimento | Centre for Research on Governance and Development

Youth Political Engagement and their Social Condition in Mozambique

Working Papers
Carlos Shenga & Lorraine Howe

A recent study in Mozambique on youth political engagement shows that youth affiliated in political party organizations as well as in civic associations are more likely to participate in political processes; and, as a result, receive a positive payoff from that. Whilst the attitudes of these youth are known, the attitudes of ordinary youth (those not affiliated with youth party organisations and civic associations) are not known. This working paper investigates the extent to which ordinary young adults engage in political processes compared to older adults. It also examines their social condition and the impact political engagement has on social condition, controlling for age, gender and levels of formal education. It tests and analyses this employing a comprehensive systematic comparative series of public opinion survey data conducted in Mozambique in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2015 by Afrobarometer.

Key words: youth, politics, political engagement, social condition, Mozambique.