The National Youth Development Council (NYDC) is a public institution established by the National Youth Development Council Act of Parliament No. 7 of 1986 as amended by Act No. 13, Cap 144 of 1994 of the laws of Zambia. The Mandate of the NYDC is to register youth organisations in the country. In undertaking its mandate, the Council performs the following core functions as outlined in the Act of Parliament, No. 7 of 1986:
- To advise the Minister on programmes relating to youth development;
- To coordinate youth activities;
- To evaluate and implement youth programmes
- To assist and encourage organisations interested in youth development in the initiation of youth training and development programmes;
- To initiate, operate and manage non-profit making or profit making projects in support of youth development; and
- Such other functions as the Minister may, from time to time direct.
The Council is composed of twenty-two (22) Councillors appointed by the Minister responsible for youth. The Director of Youth is an ex-officio of the Council. The NYDC is headed by the Board Chairperson who provides oversight on the operations of the Council as provided for in the Act. The Board of Councillors are appointed from public institutions, youth organisations, organisations interested in youth development and individuals who have distinguished themselves in youth development.
The Council Secretary is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Council. In addition, the Council Secretary is supported by other public officers to carry out the functions of the Council.
The National Youth Development Council Board reports to the Minister responsible for youth on operational/policy matters of the Council. In executing its mandate, the NYDC interacts with other institutions such as government line-ministries, the private sector, Cooperating Partners, civil society organisations among others. The areas of interaction include:
- Policy matters;
- Programmes implementation;
- Capacity building and networking; and
- Resource Mobilisation.