The African Union Youth Volunteer Corps, or AU-YVC, is a continental development program that recruits and works with youth volunteers, to work in all 54 countries across the African Union.
AU-YVC promotes volunteering to deepen the status of young people in Africa as key participants in the delivery of Africa's human development targets and goals. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated continent, and by implication strengthen Africa's relevance in the globalized world.
The concept is in line with the African Youth Charter as well as the Decision of AU Head of States and Governments in Assembly/AU/Dec.274 (XVI) January 2010, to set up a continental Volunteer initiative. AU-YVC was officially launched on the 3rd of December 2010 in Abuja, Nigeria, where the Nigerian president was present along with Ministers of Youth from across the AU; high level AU representatives, Partners and other Volunteer Organizations; and Africa's Youth at large.
The objectives of the AU-YVC are to:
- Engage Africa's Youth in the Continent's development through meaningful youth participation by providing Service for their Continent;
- Provide opportunities to Young Africans to serve and gain crucial professional experience, soft skills, social competence, international exposure and leadership skills;
- Promote shared values and Pan-Africanism among the upcoming generation.
The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.