Convener: Facilitate inclusive, accessible and empowering digital spaces for youth (including marginalized youth and young women) to meaningfully engage in the response to the pandemic.
Action Catalyzer: Advocate for the implementation of progressive policies and impactful effective actions to address the emergency and post-Coronavirus systemes change especially the implementation of the African Youth Charter
Amplifier: Amplify youth-led accountability, agency and participation across the continent as well as the voices, stories and experiences of the most marginalized and underrepresented youth
Bridge Builder: Bring youth closer to the African Union by closing the information gap, provide access to timely resources from Africa CDC and ensuring youth participation through Intergenerational Dialogues and Co-Leadership
Pan-African Mobilizer: Mobilize and unite youth for collective Pan-African action and strengthen exchange, collaboration and cross-border engagement among youth organizations in order to build youth solidarity, political consciousness, democratic participation and civic engagement
Virtual Youth Consultations
A pioneering project, the Virtual AU Youth Consultations on COVID-19 organizing for Youth Collective Response in collaboration with Africa CDC, is a series of online consultations, now completing its 11th round, convened over 200 youth leaders from 40 countries, that allows youth groups, activists, feminists and leaders to set the tone of youth perspective on the pandemic in Africa, to e-meet and discuss economic, social and mental challenges caused by the virus.
During these sessions, the attendees are briefed by Africa CDC on continental response, then they are able to learn from each other, share best practices, brainstorm and come up with action plans on how to support their affected communities. The project highlights cross-border cooperation and galvanizes youth solidarity for more effective continental coordinated efforts. These enlightening consultations can be hosted by any person or institution interested. Indeed, 22 youth leaders started self-organizing consultations in their communities.
African Youth Front on Coronavirus
On 22 February 2020, African Union Ministers of Health and Heads of Delegation gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for an emergency meeting on the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The African Continental Strategic Plan for COVID-19 PANDEMIC has been adopted with the establishment of the Africa Taskforce for Novel Coronavirus (AFCOR), which is a continental platform to better coordinate our efforts across Africa.
Dialogue Series with African Leaders
Since March 23rd, the AU Office of the Youth Envoy convened 13 consultations of focus groups discussion with over 400 youth leaders from 42 countries, and an average 25 participants per consultation. Learn more https://auyouthenvoy.org/vaucs/ & Read Reports here
Based on the outcomes of the focus group consultations, there were two main expectations from youth;
- The creation of youth policy space and framework within the African Union to co-lead the response to the pandemic. Therefore the African Union launched African Youth front on Coronavirus with 20 member networks, learn more https://auyouthenvoy.org/ayfocovid19/
- Direct engagement, communication and dialogue with decision-makers. Therefore, the development of a series of 8 Webinars with African leaders… More here.
Youth Charter Hustlers
The African Union Youth Envoy is building a movement of youth-led accountability by putting young people central to Post- COVID-19 transformation and advocates for the contribution of young people to reform African institutions and transform the systems to work for our generation including the improvement of health infrastructures that can prevent and respond to COVID-19 and other pandemics.
The African Youth Charter Hustlers initiative provides an opportunity, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, for youth-led advocacy and agency to ensure the reform of service delivery architecture.
Article 16 of the African Youth Charter on Health, guarantees the right of African youth to enjoy the best attainable state of physical, mental and spiritual health and institution of programmes to address health pandemics in Africa.
The flagship initiative will engage two “Hustlers” per country, young male and female over a period of two years programme to lead continental, regional and national advocacy for the ratification and implementation of the African Youth Charter including progressive youth policies, youth development and recovery funds and youth inclusion as well as the institution of effective accountable monitoring and reporting mechanisms.
African Youth In Public Service
The African Leadership Institute’s Project Pakati which is funded by the Ford Foundation and the African Union Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE) are collaborating through the Joint Youth Inclusion Project to bolster youth inclusion on the African continent. This project will advocate for best practices that introduce policies to facilitate greater youth inclusion in governance and positions of influence on the continent, as well as the implementation thereof.
Africa is, demographically, the youngest continent in the world with youth accounting for the highest proportion of the population. The youth account for more than 70 per cent of Africa’s population. Yet, despite their numerical significance throughout the region, they remain excluded from political and socio-economic arenas. Overall, there is an appreciation that youth are significant dividends of the continent’s population, and that they need to be included in decision-making processes in various spaces from boards of organisations and companies to national governance space… more here.
The African Union Office of the Youth Envoy launched on International Women’s Day “Africa Young Feminist blog “Sauti صوتي”. Now it will be re-launched in collaboration with the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) to publish “Sauti صوتي” Publication of 25 young women contributions celebrating Beijing+25 featuring untold and underrepresented stories of young women from across Africa and the diaspora showcasing their innovation and impact in the community.
Young women across the continent and the diaspora are invited to express through writing, visual or audio/video or any other creative means and artistic expressions, to showcase the impact of women-led actions to address COVID19 and other interlinked issues as well as showcase the daily struggles and challenges young women are facing in the evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation… more here.
The AU Office of the Youth Envoy presents an opportunity to be a bridge-builder. Dialogue between young people and those of an older generation will remove barriers, intimidation, fear and promote open and inclusive participation for all to push for political, communal and societal commitment at all levels.
HOW we do IGDs?
In delivering its Action Plan 2019/20 particularly the Intergenerational and Policy Model, the AU Office of the Youth Envoy promotes InterGenerational Dialogues and Co-Leadership as a preventive approach to address current and emerging crises and conflicts.
The structure of the “Dialogue” does not necessarily have to be centralized and ‘high level’. In fact, in High-level dialogues, young people often get intimidated by the older generation, while the older generation feels shy to admit that they too are intimidated as well by the young generation. Therefore, this model aims to create common ground and culture of dialogue to bridge the two generations at all levels from community to high-level conversations including… more here.