At the heart of Agenda 2063 is an Africa, whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children. Africa has the most youthful and fastest-growing population globally, with more than 400 million young people aged between the ages of 15 to 35 years. The need to leverage the talent, energy, and potential of its youth to achieve the goals embedded in the seven aspirations of Agenda 2063 is imperative.
Young Africans are not only beneficiaries of Agenda 2063 but were active contributors and architects in its development and continue to play an important role in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of Agenda 2063.
Accordingly, the African Union places a premium on leveraging the participation of the youth in the execution of the continent’s development blueprint through various structures, instruments, and frameworks such as the African Youth Charter.
The Charter aims to empower African youth to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic and political development of the continent, and equally requires youth to take responsibility for their own development
Building on the mandate of the AUC and AUDA-NEPAD to prepare continental level progress reports on Agenda 2063, it is crucial that African youth are engaged in the formal processes of tracking progress and deepening the review, reflection, and dialogue among the youth on the attainment of the targets and goals set encapsulated in Agenda2063 Ten Year Implementation Plan.
It is against this background that AUDA-NEPAD, and Atlas4dev, in partnership with the African Union Commission, Maghreb Economic Forum, and Facebook Africa, will be organizing a series of regional-level Agenda 2063 Youth Dialogues as a platform through which their needs can be addressed, their voices can be amplified, and their engagement in the realization of Agenda 2063 can be advanced.
The 2063 Academy in its 3rd edition will serve as a convener, amplifier, and bridge builder for youth and civil society organizations – for purposes of strengthening advocacy and knowledge sharing to inform policymaking, planning, and monitoring of Agenda 2063
More specifically, the dialogues are planned to serve the following purposes:
- To increase awareness, publicity, and advocacy for internalization, alignment, main streaming, and implementation of Agenda 2063 among youth and decision-makers
- To empower youth to participate in translating, reviewing, and monitoring Agenda 2063 within local, national, and regional policy and associated mutual accountability frameworks and processes.
- To map the progress of the North African region regarding the achievement of the 2063 Agenda aspiration.
- To avail, a continental-level youth platform on Agenda 2063 for networking, benchmarking, peer learning, and mutual support