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.
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.