About the YouthConnekt Africa Summit

Hosted by H.E. President Paul Kagame and organized in collaboration with UNDP and UNCTAD, the 2017 YouthConnekt Africa Summit will be held from 19 – 21 July 2017, Kigali, Rwanda. Under the theme, From Potential to Success, the Summit will mark the launch of the YouthConnekt Africa Hub and the YouthConnekt Africa Empowerment Fund across the continent. The theme for the summit is: From Potential to Success.

The summit will facilitate a platform for all partners involved in youth development to synergize around policies, programs and partnerships that will help unleash Africa's youth potential. The summit will also mark the official roll out of the program across the rest of the continent. The event is expected to attract more than 2,500 delegates including Heads of State, government leaders, executives from multinational companies that operate in Africa, leaders of civil society organizations, Africa's development partners, members of the academia, successful young entrepreneurs, artists and youth opinion leaders from across the continent. Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba Group, and UNCTAD Special Adviser on Young Entrepreneurs, will grace the occasion.

Guest of Honor

President of the Republic of Rwanda
YouthConnekt Exhibitors


Our Goals

  • Jobs & entrepreneurship Create 10 million jobs by 2020 in sustainable job environments in emerging industries.

  • Education / Skills Create 25 million opportunities through training & enrolment in workplaces.

  • Civic participation & Leadership Identify, nurture & grow 1 million leaders that provide solutions, participate in advocacy & become role models in their communities.

  • Gender Develop sustainable initiatives & policies that reduce gender inequality in education, jobs, technology & leadership.

  • Technology & Innovation From the Hub of Hubs that connects all incubation hubs across the continent to give access to markets, innovation friendly capital from partners and partnership opportunities with peers across the continent. Nurture 5,000 digital ambassadors in each country to collectively help connect & digitally empower 100,000,000 Africans allowing skills to be transfered to their local comminities.

Achieving Our Goals

  • Policies We will embark on bridging the gap between the different nations by bringing together government leaders & policy in uencers implementing youth policies to share knowledge & ideas that can assist others in achieving their own goals for their youth.

  • Programs We will identify existing programs aligned to YouthConnekt goals and facilitate a platform to work together to achieve our common goals. These programs will further assist in measuring, monitoring & maintaining successful initiatives aligned to YouthConnekt objectives.

  • Partnerships We will seek partnerships with private sector, government institutions & NGOs that will be responsible for helping deliver programs, bringing other partners on board, innovating & providing solutions for implementation challenges.