ProjectPakatiIconAndNameProject Pakati seeks to harness the collective influence of Africa’s young leaders to drive change on the continent by collaborating on two projects. The first project is the Youth Representation and Inclusion Project and the second is a Directory of African Youth-Led and Youth-Serving Organizations.

Projects with which it has been active include the following:

  • Youth Representation & Inclusion Project
  • Directory of African Youth-Led and Youth-Serving Organizations
  • Report: Greater Inclusion of African Youth in Public Service and Governance
  • Report: Greater Inclusion of African Youth in Public Service and Governance
  • Open Letter to African Heads of State, calling for greater youth inclusion

 A summary of the projects are listed below.  Each of these projects also has a full page with more information.


The African Leadership Institute launched its seminal report: An Abundance of Young African Leaders, but No Seat at the Table at Strathmore University in Nairobi on 28 August, 2018.  The report is the result of grant funding from the Ford Foundation with AFLI as the grantee and Strathmore University as its partner. 

For Africa to reach its potential, it must harness the potential of young leaders.  African organisations fostering leadership that focus on the targeted development and the continuous nurturing of young people’s leadership capacities are crucial. Whilst a plethora of leadership development offerings exist on the continent, there has not been, to date, a holistic view of what these initiatives are. This study, therefore, represents an important step towards filling gaps in extant knowledge.

A total of 105 leadership initiatives focusing on young African leaders (18-40 year olds) and meeting other specified criteria were included in this study.

The report, titled Greater Inclusion of African Youth in Public Service and Governance, was launched on International Youth Day, 12 August 2020,. This report is the result of a partnership between the African Leadership Institute’s Project Pakati and the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy and was funded by the Ford Foundation.

In May 2020, we hosted a workshop with our African Union Youth Envoy Office partner titled The Greater Inclusion of African Youth in Public Service and Governance. The workshop 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. The outputs of that workshop and other engagements with pertinent stakeholders are captured in this report.


The open letter went live on Africa Day, 25 May 2021, and was a follow up to the event the previous year in which the African Leadership Institute, in partnership with the African Union’s Office of the Youth Envoy, launched the Greater Inclusion of African Youth in Public Service and Governance report.  The open letter draws on the recommendations of the report.

According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division, the average age on the continent is 19 years old, in contrast to the rest of the world whose average median age is between 30 and 40. Yet, even with only about 3% of the continent's population being over the age of 65, the average age of African Heads of State in 2018 was 64.5.

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