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The CAP Young Planners’ Network connects and mobilises planning students and young planners across the Commonwealth to help address the needs of young planners and youth more generally, and to contribute a youth perspective to the work of CAP.


CAP is a co-founding member of the Commonwealth Youth for

Sustainable Urbanisation Network. If you are a young planning

student/professional (aged 15-35), you can be too! LEARN MORE.

You are eligible to join CAP's Young Planners’ Network if you are a planning student or have less than 10 years post qualification experience.

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2023 has been declared a year dedicated to youth-led action for sustainable and inclusive development. Learn more
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Aims and Objectives


  • Inspire
    Young people are attracted to the Planning profession and the association.


  • Improve
    Young planners are equipped to confidently meet the immediate needs and future demands of their communities and the global world.


  • Influence
    The value and purpose of planning is recognised locally, nationally, globally across sectors and other Commonwealth Nations join the association.




  • Connect
    Provide a platform for members to support each other, network, develop skills and capacity, exchange and share information/ideas, build professional knowledge and ethical practice.


  • Campaign
    Raise the profile of planning profession and the importance of engaging young people and young planners from conception to delivery


  • Collaborate
    Work together with other professionals, relevant national, Commonwealth and international governmental and nongovernmental organisations.


  • Contribute
    Actively participate in improving the quality of life and well-being of communities


Thematic Topics


  • Planning and Public Health

  • Climate Action and Biodiversity Gains

  • New Urban Agenda and Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals

  • Disaster management and Humanitarian Response

  • The Planning System and children/Young People

  • Urban Resilience

  • Rapid Urbanisation

  • Rural-Urban Migration

  • Planning Education

  • Planning Profession and Capacity Building

  • Planning Profession and Young People

  • Leave no one and no place behind – Improve the quality of life and experiences of all particularly young people.

  • Professional and Career Development Support




  • Webinars

  • Virtual Study Tours

  • Training Events

  • CPD Sessions

  • Networking Sessions

  • Mapathon

  • Social events


Connect with Us

Let’s have a chat, share your stories, ideas and achievements to inspire others on our social media platforms:


​Get in touch

Our activities are planned by the steering group and sub-groups who meet regularly to organise and discuss future activities. Sub-groups are run by volunteers and always looking for new members to join.

We are interested in articles and papers you have written about Planning in your country or work and if you have an idea for events or would just like to get more involved in the network, email me at


I look forward to hearing from you and sharing any ideas you have.



Olafiyin Taiwo

CAP Young Planners Network Coordinator

Previous YP News

2020 CAP Young Planners Essay Competition Winners

CAP congratulates the winners of the 2020 Commonwealth Young Planners’ Network Essay Competition.


The winners were announced in a special web-based event on World Town Planning Day, 8th November 2020, hosted by CAP President, Mrs Dyan Currie AM.​

In her remarks, the winner, Kloe Ng of Singapore Institute of Planners said “Thank you for this award.  Whilst it has been a tumultuous year, Planners have undoubtedly risen to the challenge.”

To read their essays, click on the winners names:

CAP Young Planners Essay Competition 2020 sought entries from Young Planners on the critical theme of “Post Covid Building Resilience: The Role of Planners in the Commonwealth”.  Prizes of £100,  £60 and £30 in vouchers to the 3 best entries. 

  • See the SHORTLIST for the  CAP Young Planners Essay Competition 2020, announced on Oct 13, 2020

Faces of CAP Young Planners Network

June 21, 2020

Moments that tell stories…  

At CAP Young Planners Network, we are currently working on new content and extending our reach to Young People and other Young Planners. But we need your help! ...

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