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Latest news and announcements

Updates from Project Pakati, its networking platform and community of practice

Latest news and announcements - Updates from the regional networking platform and community of practice  

60-Day Challenge to grow the Youth Organisations Directory

60-Day Challenge to grow the Youth Organisations Directory

As part of Project Pakati's goal to showcase the diversity and wealth of the work being done by young people across Africa, the Youth Organisations Directory profiles and aggregates African non-profits on a single, searchable platform. This makes it easy and accessible for donors, funders, and a greater pan-African audience to find these organisations. There are many young African leaders who have started organisations catering to the African youth market - the largest demographic segment on the continent - and one that is underserved. AFLI's pan-African directory seeks to help these organisations, by making it easier for them to find each other to partner and network.

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Pakati hosts two-day workshop with the AU Youth Envoy

Pakati hosts two-day workshop with the AU Youth Envoy

On May 4th and May 5th, in partnership with the African Union Youth Envoy, Aya Chebbi, and her office, Project Pakati convened a workshop to discuss how to achieve greater youth inclusion in African governments.

This pan-African workshop served to consolidate knowledge from experts, policymakers and practitioners on youth inclusivity policy in governance on the continent. Across the two day workshop, we engaged with 16 such experts in depth and were able to assess, in a structured and rigorous way, the drivers and inhibitors of meaningful youth inclusion reform, the obstacles policymakers and politicians face in undertaking such reforms, and how best to implement progressive reforms for greater youth inclusion in governance on the continent.

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Six months in, Youth Organisations Directory entries spike in numbers

Six months in, Youth Organisations Directory entries spike in numbers

It's been six months since the Youth Organisations Directory was launched by AFLI as part of Project Pakati's goal to showcase the work being done by youth-led and youth-serving organisations across Africa. The directory assists African NGO's be recognised and found. Because it aggregates these NGO's on a single, searchable platform, it makes it straightforward for donors, funders and the audiences these organisations serve to find them.

Since it was launched, more than 330 organisations have taken the opportunity to register and create entries for their organisations in the directory. At this point, most African countries are represented. As the directory has grown and become better known, it has been shared by those already listed on it. While entry submission rates were initially slow, submission rates have increased. On a single day towards the end of this month, 23 NGO's submitted entries.

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New Board Co-chair Announcement

New Board Co-chair Announcement

Project Pakati is thrilled to announce the new Co-Chairs of Project Pakati's Youth Advisory Board for the period of March to October 2020.  They are Anankware Paarechuga Jacob and Carol Ndosi. They replace outgoing Co-Chairs Erick Muzyamba from Zambia and Ellen Sia Wongo from Sierra Leone, who we thank for their service.  Project Pakati’s Youth Advisory Board is usually co-chaired for a period of six months.

As the project ends in October 2020, an exception has been made for the final term for the new co-chairs for a period of nine months. The co-chairs will support each other to achieve the objectives of the project and it is up to them to decide how they will collaborate and delegate tasks between themselves. 

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Industrialisation in Africa

Industrialisation in Africa

Maudo Jallow, a Project Pakati Board Member and former Co-chair, speaks about industrialisation on the African continent – its challenges, the role governments can play, and what is needed for successful industrialisation. He is the founder of New Nation – a youth-driven initiative that seeks to advocate for the prioritisation of youth development and the improvement of education in The Gambia.

Maudo currently works as an analyst for the Tony Blair Institute in Ghana and leads content creation and strategy for Future Africa Forum’s industrialization focus area. In the video below, you can watch him as he discusses industrialisation in Africa - agro-processing to manufacturing - and in which he unpacks its benefits and challenges.

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African Business Magazine on why Africa needs young leaders

African Business Magazine on why Africa needs young leaders

African Business Magazine has published a thought piece by AFLI CEO Jackie Chimhanzi in which she argues why Africa needs greater representation by young leaders at the decision-making table. The magazine published it as part of a special report to the 2020 World Economic Forum summit in Davos.

In the piece, which was co-written by the Pakati Project Manager Monique Atouguia, they point out that it is important for young people to occupy key leadership positions, but not just any young people. It is the young people who have the energy, focus, intensity, risk appetite, passion and single-minded drive to deliver well-articulated burning visions.  Young leaders need to be at the centre of power, where decisions are being made. 

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Roseline Zahui says 'everything is possible'

Roseline Zahui says 'everything is possible'

Project Pakati board member Roseline Zahui from Cote d’Ivoire addressed a high-level engagement at the 4th edition of TEDxGrandBassam. Roseline Zuhai lives in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, with an incurable disease but lives a full life. Today, she works, travels, and enjoys her life as a young woman and activist. Her TED talk was as inspiring as her life.

TEDx is a nonprofit devoted to the spread of ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. It began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

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WHO gives Pakati board member global health award

WHO gives Pakati board member global health award

One of Project Pakati's board members, Mwesigye Patrick, has been awarded the Global Youth Leadership Award on Universal Health Coverage by the World Health Organisation. Twenty-eight-year old Mwesigye is the founder and team leader of the Uganda Youth and Adolescent Health Forum. 

It is a dynamic youth-led organization that seeks to advance quality health and well-being of adolescents and young people and promote gender equality at the community, national and global level.

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New Project Manager joins AFLI

New Project Manager joins AFLI

Monique Atouguia joined the staff of the African Leadership Institute as the new Project Manager of Pakati on 7 October 2019. Monique holds a BA Honours in Justice and Transformation (with distinction) and a BA in Economic History, Political Science and English Literary Studies from the University of Cape Town.

She is also pursuing a Masters in Organisational and Institutional Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, part-time.

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Pakati ChangeLead on 2019's 100 Most Influential Young Africans List

Pakati ChangeLead on 2019's 100 Most Influential Young Africans List

One of the Project Pakati's Youth-led and Youth Serving Organisation Portal ChangeLeads has made the prestigious 100 Most Influential Young Africans List for 2019, which is compiled annually by African Youth Awards.  The ChangeLead is Viveksing Urjoon.  This recognition of his work is made for it's impact on lives across the continent.  The list - which is now in it's fourth year - is comprised of people from 32 countries and celebrates the work of young Africans passionate about changing the narrative of their continent. 

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New Board members elected

New Board members elected

Governance of the African Leadership Institute's Project Pakati is provided by a Youth Advisory Board. The Board's terms of reference are such that the position of co-chair runs for a six-month period only.  Thereafter, the board co-chairs, together with the secretariat vote in a new set of co-chairs. This rotational arrangement has been put in place to allow the young leaders of the youth advisory board to be exposed to the experience of chairing a board and to leverage the experience for their growth and development.

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Youth Organisations Directory goes online

Youth Organisations Directory goes online

A directory has been launched by Pakati to showcase the work being done by youth-led and youth-serving organisations across Africa.   The directory, which was developed by the African Leadership Institute with grant funding from the Ford Foundation, will assist African NGO's be recognised and found. 

The directory serves several purposes.  It aggregates and pools all of these NGO's on a single platform, making it straightforward for donors and funders to find them, as well as the audiences these organisations serve.

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ONE talks to Pakati at the Pan-African Youth Forum

ONE talks to Pakati at the Pan-African Youth Forum

Pakati's Project Associate, Josias Ambeu, attended the Pan-African Youth Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in April 2019.  The forum provided more than 400 young people from across Africa to share ideas, debate issues, and influence how the African Union (AU) invests in Africa’s youth. 

At the forum, ONE interviewed Josias about the work he has done and his insights and the interview in full has been posted on their website.  Josias was also at the event to connect with Aya Chebbi, the AU Youth Envoy, about the work being done by Pakati and how it is shifting young leaders to the centre of the African development narrative.  

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Profiling Youth-Led and Youth-Serving Organisations

Profiling Youth-Led and Youth-Serving Organisations

The African Leadership Institute, through Pakati, is developing a directory to assist African NGO's led by and serving the youth of the continent. Titled the African Youth-Led and Youth-Serving Organizations Portal, the project recognises the impact youth-led organizations have: It provides an important outlet for employment, being run and staffed by young people, and they ignite active citizenry and volunteerism at community levels. But these types of organisations face challenges. They are generally poorly-funded, because donors and funders have difficulty finding and identifying these organisations.  Additionally, youth-led and youth-serving organizations do not leverage lessons learnt by other similar organizations, as information-sharing opportunities are limited.

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Former Youth Advisory Board Member a 2019 United Nations SDG Advocate

Former Youth Advisory Board Member a 2019 United Nations SDG Advocate

A former Pakati Youth Advisory Board member, Edward Ndopu, joins a storied group of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Advocates.  On 9 May 2019, UN Secretary General António Guterres announced the new class for 2019.  Edward (Eddie) Ndopu served on the Project Pakati Youth Advisory Board from June 2018 - January 2019. He is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning human rights advocate, and was recently named by MTV as one of the most powerful disabled people on the planet. Eddie is the former Head of Amnesty International’s Africa Youth Program and is a former Researcher for the World Economic Forum.

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Pan-African Leadership Directory Launch

Pan-African Leadership Directory Launch

In August 2018, the African Leadership Institute launched its seminal report titled: An Abundance of Young African Leaders, but No Seat at the Table at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. Fast forward to 2019, AFLI launched a fully-searchable directory built on the data in the report.  It lists all of the organisations providing leadership development training to young African leaders.

The problem with many directories, however, is finding anything useful.  In the leadership directory, it is possible to search by any piece of text, by programme type, region, country, alphabetically, sponsors or a range of other datasets - and get a list.

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Project Pakati attends the 2nd Pan-African Youth Forum

Project Pakati attends the 2nd Pan-African Youth Forum

Project Pakati staff attended the launch of the Africa Union Commission (AUC) 1 million by 2021 Initiative at the 2nd Pan-African Youth Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from April 24-27. We were invited by the AUC and African Union Youth Envoy. The forum was attended by more than 400 youths representing more than 50 African countries. All were in favour of the newly-launched AUC 1 Million by 2021 Initiative, which was rolled out under the theme: Africa Unite for Youth: Bridging the gap and Reaching African Youth.

The initiative was headed by the AUC chair Moussa Faki Mahamat and is aimed at generating action for youth development in Africa by providing one million young Africans with opportunities in its four key areas.

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Announcement of selected ChangeLeads & ChangeMakers

Announcement of selected ChangeLeads & ChangeMakers

To develop and roll out projects Pakati has under way, AFLI has selected a number of ChangeLeads and ChangeMakers.  It selected four ChangeLeads and 150 ChangeMakers for the Youth Representation Inclusion Project; and three ChangeLeads and 100 ChangeMakers for the Portal of African Youth-Led and Youth-Serving Organizations project.

The Project Pakati digital platform on Workplace by Facebook has gone live and they are now engaging in developing and co-creating solutions with other young leaders from across the continent. Project Pakati is pleased to announce the ChangeLeads who have committed to driving these two projects. Their profiles follow:

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Election of new Youth Advisory Board co-chairs

Election of new Youth Advisory Board co-chairs

Governance for AFLI's Pakati Project is provided by a Youth Advisory Board.  As stated in the Board terms of reference, the position of co-chair is valid for a period of 6 months only. Thereafter, the board co-chairs together with the secretariat (AFLI) are required to vote in a new set of co-chairs. This rotational arrangement has been put in place to allow the young leaders of the youth advisory board to be exposed to the experience of chairing a board and to leverage the experience for their growth and development. The co-chairs will support each other to achieve the objectives of the project and it is up to them to decide how they will collaborate and delegate tasks between themselves.

The newly elected board co-chairs, Maudo Jallow and Wadi Ben-Hirki, commenced their term in February 2019 replacing Raphael Obonyo and Rumbi Gunduza.

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Pakati puts out call for ChangeMakers and ChangeLeads

Pakati puts out call for ChangeMakers and ChangeLeads

For a continent that is the youngest in the world, young Africans are conspicuous by their absence at key deliberations that affect their futures. Because of this, Project Pakati is calling for ChangeMakers and ChangeLeads to work on a youth representation project.

There seems to be an understanding that youth are significant dividends of the continent’s population and that they need to be included in decision-making processes in various spaces, yet this is not happening. By not including them in decision-making processes, countries lose a crucial resource base. Young people can contribute a great deal through their perspectives and experiences; no governance structure can be truly successful without them.

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