Africa's greatest resource is its youth. Yet, this abundant resource has been relatively untapped and facing cross-cutting issues such as limited access to education and finances, deterring health, scarce employment opportunities and low wages, and often excluded from local decision-making. As a result, these challenges, individually and collectively, obstruct the youth from meaningfully contributing to the social, economic and political transformation of their nations and the African continent at large.
YouthConnekt is a platform designed to connect the youth for socio-economic transformation. The purpose of the YouthConnekt Africa (YCA) Hub is to provide a holistic solution to alleviate the challenges faced by African youth by widening the pool of economic, social and civic leadership opportunities through National YouthConnekt initiatives. Essentially, the Hub will be supporting already existing African youth empowerment initiatives to propel and scale their efforts further.
YCA Hub's central role is to primarily strengthen the African youth empowerment ecosystem by equipping already existing initiatives with technical and financial resources, knowledge sharing and improved national ownership of the youth's socio-economic transformation agenda.
Through national YouthConnekt initiatives, the Hub accomplishes its mandate by:
Create 10 million jobs by 2020 in sustainable job environments in emerging industries.
Create 25 million opportunities through training & enrolment in workplaces.
Identify, nurture & grow 1 million leaders that provide solutions, participate in advocacy & become role models in their communities.
Develop sustainable initiatives & policies that reduce gender inequality in education, jobs, technology & leadership.
Form a 'hub of hubs' to connect incubation hubs across the continent and provide 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 help connect & digitally empower 100,000,000 africans, allowing skills to be transferred to their local communities.
Today is difficult. Tomorrow is even more difficult. But the day after tomorrow is very beautiful. However most people die tomorrow evening
I am proud to see UNDP & UN sister angencies partnering in such a seminal and pioneering initiative as YouthConnekt
With ideas, innovation, and passion, our Youth can realize their dreams and make Africa the El Dorado
In Rwanda we strongly believe in the ability, will and energy of African Youth. YCAS 18 will provide platform to network, exchange ideas and experiences as well as partnerships for ACTION.