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Wide interest in call to action to Heads of State on Africa Day 2021

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For Africa Day 2021, the African Leadership Institute sent an open Letter to African Heads of State, calling on them to include more young people in governance. It held a Zoom meeting with a high-level panel on the current poor representation of young people in governance that was widely attended. The Open Letter is published at Publications. You can watch the full Zoom meeting on AFLI's YouTube Channel.

Globally, Africa has the youngest population in the world, yet many are unemployed or marginalised. The average age on the continent is 19, yet in 2018, the average age of African Heads of State was 64 and a half years old. In it's letter to heads of government, AFLI challenged them to rectify this disproportional state of affairs.

The Open Letter was also picked up by news media.

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Project Pakati launches campaign for greater inclusion of youth in African governance

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Young people across the African continent have read the Greater Inclusion of African Youth in Governance and Public Service report and are calling for its implementation on social media. Project Pakati’s Change Makers posted their call to action throughout the month of March 2021, and it can be seen on their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Following the launch of the Greater Inclusion of African Youth in Governance and Public Service report, the AU Youth Envoy, Aya Chebbi - within the confines of social distancing and the limitations on travel due to the pandemic - was able to meet the Namibian President, Hage Geingob, in October 2020. She was also able to secure a speaking enagagement at the opening of the South Sudan National Dialogue, where the tenets and recommendations of the report were put forward.

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Opinion piece on why Africa needs young leaders

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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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AU Youth Envoy presents Youth Inclusion Report to African presidents

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In October 2020, the African Union Youth Envoy, Aya Chebbi, had an audience with the Namibian President, Hage Geingob, and spoke at the opening of the South Sudan National Dialogue, where the tenets and recommendations of the report: Greater Inclusion of African Youth in Public Service and Governance were put forward.

Copies of the report have also been distributed to the AU Commission Chairperson Mousa Faki and the 55 African Union member states represented in Addis Ababa. Copies were also shared with the Ambassadors to the AU from Algeria, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa.

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Report Launch: The Greater Inclusion of African Youth in Public Service and Governance

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The report: The Greater Inclusion of African Youth in Public Service and Governance was launched on August 12, International Youth Day 2020. The report is part of an ongoing partnership between the African Leadership Institute's Project Pakati and the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy to shift young Africans to the centre of the African development narrative. These efforts are being funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation. 

The report documents the outcomes of the jointly-organised workshop - The Greater Inclusion of African Youth in Public Service and Governance - that was held from 4th- 5th May 2020 and engaged with policymakers, government officials, and young leaders around best practices and lessons from selected progressive policies aimed at enhancing youth inclusion in governance in Africa.

Africa is the youngest continent on the globe and set to remain so for the next 30 years.

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Pakati Change Maker Jude Feranmi Adejuwon releases Lead the People

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Adejuwon Jude Feranmi Kolawole - known as JFK - has released his book, Lead the People. Jude is one of the Project Pakati Change Makers working on Youth inclusion in Africa. He is the Founder of the Raising New Voices Initiative and was formerly Executive Director of ToBuildANation, a citizen’s movement working towards political reforms in Nigeria with members in more than 25 states in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He says that the book is meant to inspire and provide "clear-cut direction for any young leader who wants to see change happen in any community and in any country in the world." Lead the People was written to share strategies and tactics on how to become the leader that our world needs, with the capacity to influence change towards a positive direction.

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60-Day Challenge to grow the Youth Organisations Directory

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Project Pakati board member Roseline Zahui says 'everything is possible'

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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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New Board members for Project Pakati elected

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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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ONE talks to Pakati at the Pan-African Youth Forum

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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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WHO gives Pakati board member global health award

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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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