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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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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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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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Former Pakati Youth Advisory Board Member a 2019 UN SDG Advocate

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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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Pakati puts out call for ChangeMakers and ChangeLeads

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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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Panel discussion at Report launch on youth leadership

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At the launch of the report in September 2018, An Abundance of Young African Leaders – But no Seat at The Table, a strong panel line-up discussed the report and examined questions on how young leaders are likely to be better represented and have input into decisions affecting the course of the continent. The panel, which was led by discussion was led by 2012 Tutu Fellow Julie Gichuru included 2006 Fellow Janah Ncube, 2018 Fellow Serah Makka-Ugbabe, David Kamau, Raphael Obonyo, Kanini Mutoomi and 2014 Fellow Lade Araba. Raphael is the Co-Chair of the advisory board of AFLI’s Project Pakati initiative, which produced the report.

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