The Breaking Down Borders Africa Initiative is a pan-African platform led by African youth for the benefit of African youth. The initiative is inspired by the vision of Enabling African youth to connect and share skills towards the renewal of the continent. To this end, the Initiative is invested in bringing all Africans together, to write the future of Africa and share skills and experiences in an inclusive space.
The Initiative sought to address gaps that hindered youth development work within the social and entrepreneurship landscape. Chief among them are:
The inability for African innovators to create lucrative careers from their talents and to gain access to international platforms, particularly on the African continent.
Lack of access for African youth to share expertise and skills across borders.
Lack of investment by Africans in Africa.
These identified challenges are what inspired the initiatives flagship programmes:
- Breaking Down Borders Africa Tour: launched in 2016, the Breaking Down Borders Africa Tour is an exchange programme founded with the purpose of seeking youth collaborative opportunities, advocating for quality-accessible education and youth entrepreneurship while exploring the destination countries’ arts, heritage
- The Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit – hosted annually with a view to bringing young leaders in different fields and professions together to share skills and experiences and collectively write the future of Africa on an inclusive platform. Thus far the summit has hosted close to 250 young leaders from 18 African countries who are trailblazers in education, entrepreneurship, socio-political movements and corporates
The Breaking Down Borders Initiative fostered collaborative ties that have resulted in a platform that seeks to unite and create linkages between African youth from the continent and diaspora.