After a successful two editions, Atlas for Development has yet succeeded in the organization of the 3rd edition of the 2063 Academy – a youth-led initiative aiming to create a common ground between youths and decision-makers to promote the African Union’s 2063 Agenda and debate strategies towards the achievement of the aspirations of the AU Agenda.
The 3rd edition of the 2063 Academy Youth Dialogue was launched from 13th to 17th September in partnership with the African Union Development Agency (AU-NEPAD), Maghreb Economic Forum, Innovation for Policy Foundation (I4Policy), and Facebook Africa. This year’s edition aims to produce a Youth Policy Paper to accelerate the implementation of the Agenda 2063, which will be presented at the next African Union Summit in 2022. There will also be a series of regional-level Youth Dialogues through which youth priorities in the context of Agenda 2063, can be explored, their voices amplified, and their engagement strengthened towards the realization of Agenda 2063.
Adopted at the 24th African Union summit in January 2015 at Addis Ababa, the AU’s Agenda 2063 is a shared continental strategic framework for inclusive growth and sustainable development for Africa, to be realised in the next fifty years. The goals of Agenda 2063 are to transform the nations of the continent into democratic, peaceful, and innovative powerhouses that will aim to be global players in the next 50 years. Six years on, each of Africa’s five regions is still working towards achieving all the seven aspirations of the AU Agenda. While some regions have had more success with some aspirations than others, it is important to track how much progress has been made and how much more there is to go, this is where the 2063 Academy comes in.
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. This highlights the important need to leverage the talent, energy, and potential of African youths across the continent to achieve the goals embedded in the seven aspirations of Agenda 2063.
During the 2nd Edition, the Academy has gathered over 300 youths representing 44 African nationalities, exploring common grounds between youths and policy-makers and debate strategies towards the achievement and acceleration of the implementation of the aspirations of the AU’s 2063 Agenda. The virtual event has featured high-level national and regional policymakers and private sector representatives; including Ambassador at large of His Majesty The King of Morocco, the United Nations SG Advisor for Africa, the United Nations and the African Union Youth Envoys, representatives of the French and Swiss Embassies in Rabat, Peace First, Policy Center for the New South, Atlantic Emerging Leaders and Facebook Africa, and with the encouragement of Her Excellency the First Lady of Namibia.
This 3rd edition of the 2063 Academy will also feature a series of policy and advocacy training, delivered by the Innovation for Policy Foundation, which are designed to strengthen the skills of young people in advocacy, policy design, critical thinking and promoting the intra and intergenerational dialogue.
Speaking on this year’s edition, Hatim El Otmani, Founder & President of Atlas For Development said “ we believe that young Africans are not only beneficiaries of Agenda 2063 but can be and are active contributors and architects in its development, and will continue to play an important role in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of Agenda 2063 for the benefit of all Africans.”
Kojo Boakye, Public Policy Director at Facebook Africa adds: “The importance of digital technologies in Africa’s socio-economic development cannot be overstated and nor can the importance of ensuring the voices of Africa’s youth and civil society organizations are heard in policy discussions. This is why the 2063 Academy presents such a fantastic opportunity for capacity building, dialogue and policy development. We are delighted to be a part of the Academy’s third edition, as it seeks to continue driving the regional agenda for Africa. Its aims align with our own at Facebook, as we strive to play our role in making Africa more open, connected, and prosperous for all. The regional story is still being written, and we are eager to support Africa’s next-generation play its role in writing it.”