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Latest news and announcements

Updates from Project Pakati, its 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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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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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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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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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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