Plenary 1:


The African Union Youth Charter highlights the necessity and importance of youth meaningful and constructive participation in the development of their countries and the continent. As it stands, most African countries have not yet adopted Youth Policies with only 26 countries having done so.  The focus of this theme is to interrogate barriers at local, national, and continental level hindering young people from fully participating in decision making processes and bodies. Discussions will also current youth policies and their implementation taking note of the intersectional challenges facing African youth, and strategies of strengthening meaningful youth participation in governance and policy making positions.


Main Topic: National Youth Policy and Youth Participation

Panellists Topics:

  • Creative Voices and the Pursuit of Social Justice
  • Deafening Silence – The Absence of the Youth Voice in Policy-Making Positions  
  • Good Governance and The African Agenda