AFLI’s Project Pakati has partnered with the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy on the Joint Youth Inclusion Project. The African Union Youth Envoy, Aya Chebbi, was appointed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in 2018, with a mandate to serve as a representative of and advocate for the voices and interests of African youth to relevant AU decision-making bodies. Aya Chebbi is an award-winning Pan-African feminist and the youngest diplomat in the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet.

This partnerhsip will advocate for best practices in terms of policies and actioning youth inclusivity in African governance and build on the AU African Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment (APAYE) and Status of Africa Youth Report.

Guided by the Youth Charter, the African Charter on Public Service and Administration, the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) 2019/20 Action Plan and Agenda 2063, AFLI’s Project Pakati supports the AU Youth Envoy’s belief that “it is inevitable today for our generation to own our voices, occupy leadership positions and lead our continent to where she deserves to be.’’ Like the AU OYE, Project Pakati also wishes to: “inspire impactful actions; reinforce the implementation of progressive policies and projects including African Youth Charter, African Youth Development Fund, etc.; and, promote agency, participation and accountability.”

Through this partnership we co-hosted a two-day workshop entitled Greater Inclusion of African Youth in Public Service: A Workshop for Progressive Reforms and How Best to Achieve Them from 4- 5 May 2020. This high-level workshop facilitated an intergenerational and pan-African conversation with policymakers, experts, stakeholders and young people in office about the importance of co-creation and co-ownership of governance and state leadership. The outcomes of which will be published in a report.

ONE Campaign is a global campaigning and advocacy organisation with the support of more than 9 million people that is taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. The organisation says the name ONE was inspired by the belief that one voice, formed by many, can change the world for the better.

Campaigns it has organised include the #Girlscount - Poverty is Sexist campaign. In 2017, there were over 130 million girls out of school worldwide, 51 million of them are in Africa. In this campaign, ONE pushed for educating, empowering and ultimately employing these girls, which will be crucial to Africa’s ability to harness its demographic dividend.

ONE has helped secure at least $37.5 billion in funding for historic health initiatives, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and GAVI - the Vaccine Alliance from major donors and foundations since 2004. In Africa, ONE advocates for individual countries to increase their health budgets to at least 15%, in line with the Abuja Declaration  in 2001. Such increases will not only improve health care provision for the poorest people on the continent but bring Africa a step closer to attaining its Millennium Development Goals.  ONE advocates for strategic policies and transparent public investments to better support smallholder farmers, especially women, lifting millions of Africans out of poverty. Through the Do Agric campaign, ONE also aims to encourage youth involvement in agriculture and agribusiness. The goal of ONE’s agricultural campaigns' work is to ensure that policy makers adhere to the Malabo commitment to invest at least 10% of national budgets in agriculture and increase access and equity in the agriculture sector.

ONE was established in Washington DC in 2004 and, by 2010 had launched in Johannesburg, South Africa. ONE has offices in Abuja and Johannesburg and representatives at the African Union; in Kenya; and in Senegal.


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