3rd Pan African Youth Conference on African Unity and Development and the Annual General Assembly Meeting of the African Youth Commission (AYC), taking place from 23-26 March 2019 in Banjul, The Gambia under the theme: ‘The Future Is Now; Youth are Not Too Young to Lead’.
The Conference is co-organised by The Gambia National Youth Council and the AYC Secretariat in partnership with Government of The Gambia, UN System in The Gambia, Kanifing Municipal Council, The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Child Fund International The Gambia.
Registration is now closed. Deadline: Friday, February 15th, 2019
Call for Proposal: Side Event Workshops
This call for proposals is inviting partner youth organisations and youth development actors to organise side event workshops in alignment with their programmatic area of interest and thematic focus of the 3rd Pan African Youth Conference on African Unity and Development. In accordance with the structure of the conference, side events will be organised on the margins of the pre-two days youth conference on 24th and 25th March 2019. The events are organised with the objective of sharing experiences, best practices, encouraging partnership, building alliances and the capacity of youth to influence policies and practices of their National Governments, the African Union, Regional Economic Communities and other youth development actors on the African continent.
The call for side event proposals is now closed: Deadline, Friday, February 15th, 2019.
List of Approved Side Events
Intergenerational roundtable discussion on theme: ‘’The Future is Now, Youth are Not too Young to Lead’’ – What are we doing to leverage the potential and capacity of African youth to increase inclusion and representation of young people in governance (civic, economic, political, digital and environmental spaces) in Africa
Spotlight Speaker: H.E Amb. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission – tbc
Launching of U-Report The Gambia by UNICEF in collaboration with The Gambia National Youth Council.
The Gambia has a population of approximately 2.1 million, with 58 percent below 24 years. It is important for their voices to be heard in the re-building of the new Gambia, and this can be achieved by creating a safe space for democratic and social engagement between the youth and their leaders.
U-Report is a social messaging tool for youth that amplifies their voice to influence decision and policy making processes. U-Report is present in 54 countries and with more than 6,500,000 registered users worldwide. U-Report is to be launched in The Gambia. Through regular polls, the opinions, thoughts and feedback of The Gambian youth and community members on different issues are used for strategic decision-making, assessment of situation in communities, and to increase the involvement and participation of youth in development processes.
The launch of the U-Report will be graced by the government, youth, community people, development partners, and private sector actors. The U-Report will be launched officially by the Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructures- Honorable Ebrima Sillah.
Fostering development through STEM by She Leads Digital Brussels.
The Future of Work and Jobs in Africa
As the world of work continues to transform, it is imperative to reflect on number of questions including: What is the future of work for youth? What do young men and women desire the most from their jobs? Is it a good pay? Becoming top managers? Or rather flexibility in their working time and place? Which sectors remain under explored yet have potential for youth employment? What are the skills needed to respond to the existing labour market requirements? In Africa, the number of unemployed young men and women is still growing and opportunities in ‘traditional’ forms of work are decreasing due to a number of factors, including low productivity; the collapse of the commodity boom; skills gaps; global competition; and the adoption of new technologies.
Interparty Youth Dialogue by National Youth Parliament of The Gambia
African Youth Entrepreneurship Dialogue by The Gambia Youth Chamber of Commerce (GYCC).
Breaking The Silence in Reproductive Health Issues, Contraception and Gender Based Violence by Your Change for A Change (YCFaC).
Women Empowerment Forum by Gender Equality & Empowerment of Women.
Youth Entrepreneurship and access to health services: Closing Skills gap for better health system in Africa by OAFRESS, UCD and YWA/Senegal.
ICPD +25 – Accelerating delivering on the promise from Cairo by UNFPA The Gambia.
This ICPD focused plenary will be to mark twenty-five years since the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994. This signature plenary will raise awareness on progress that has been made since ICPD in 1994 and ICPD+20 as well as a call to action to accelerate actions towards delivering transformation for individual dignity and human rights for all, leaving no-one behind in Africa as part of realizing sustainable development.
The session shall be moderated by a charismatic, informed and enthusiastic young woman. The moderator will take the stage and set the scene for the discussion. She will give a 5 minutes background introduction to the session by giving key highlights of the ICPD processes and reflecting on the 5 pillars. She will share the official social media handles and encourage participants to engage meaningfully. She will then invite the 5 Panelists to join her on stage to deliberate further on the topic. She will call the panelists 1 by 1 to the stage, introducing first the name of the speaker and their brief profile as they walk up to the stage. Once all the speakers have taken their seats aligned to their name tags, she will invite the audience to view a short clip (8 minutes MAX) which is a video collage dubbed ‘ICPD Voices’. This is a video of young people from across Africa giving their views on 1. What do you know about ICPD 2. What do you think of the status of women and youth in Africa
When the clip ends, the moderator will begin the plenary session. The first round of comments from the speakers will be 5 minutes prepared interventions. The panelists will be responding to the same 2 questions that have been posed to the young people from the video. The follow up questions will be aligned to each speaker’s line of work. They will have 3 minutes max to respond to the follow up questions. The moderator will bring the conversation to the audience and take a few (depending on time) questions or commitments ONLY. This is to ensure that the conversation is focused and constructive. The moderator will give the panelists about 2 or 3 minutes each to respond to the questions. In the end, the moderator will ask each panelist to give ONE word that describes ICPD +25. The moderator must insist that it is one word and not a phrase. The moderator will end the plenary with 2 or 3 lines of powerful insights derived from the session and urging all young people to take on the baton of delivering prosperous livelihoods for all. She will thank the panelists and request everyone to go for a tea break while the plenary speaker will go for an official group photo session.
Education for Justice (E4J) Youth Side Event: Governance and Empowerment, Youth Participation and Leadership by United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC).
TV Talkshow style – Community Hall (downstairs).
Exploring the role of youth Leadership in delivering on the ‘unfinished business’ by UNFPA.
This session is aimed at being a call to action for young people to take up their roles in delivering on the Pan African sustainable development and transformation collective vision. Governance and accountability are the primary means of achieving all goals espoused in the ICPD plan of action as well as the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s Agenda 2063. Many African countries continue to struggle acutely from governance deficits. Some of these include maladministration, corruption and economic crime, weak legislative environments to safeguard human rights, poor law enforcement, adverse institutionalized inequalities and inadequate political will to invest in harnessing the demographic dividend. These governance deficits have proven to be very expensive in monetary terms and also in livelihoods, human capital and dignity. The young people are the most affected by these because they are the majority demographic of the African population. It is therefore befitting that youth should play a leading role in rectifying these governance deficits and holding leaders and Governments, alike all relevant stakeholders, accountable for creating an enabling governance environment for progress. Through this session, we will explore some best examples of where youth leadership has played a pivotal and instrumental role in uplifting the ideals of good/ progressive governance and fostering a culture of citizen led accountability. Panelists are youth who have lived experiences of working to attain the above mentioned ideals. They will share their experiences and their recommendations going forward on how young people in African can better mobilize and organize to effect the change they wish to see.
Tana Youth Engagement: “Youth in Peace and Conflict: Does My Vote Count?” by Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Training on Diplomatic Simulation on Irregular Migration, Model OIC by Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF).
U-Report Training by UNICEF The Gambia.
This side event aims to bring the U-Report platform closer to its potential users, showcasing its features and sharing real life experiences.
This session provides an opportunity to discuss why U-Report, what it offers and how it gives voice to millions of young people, youth and community people. There will be showcasing of how U-Report hasbeen used in Sierra Leone. U-Report relies on volunteer community members serving as U-Reporters to provide information on issues in their community to create change. In return, U-Reporters will receive valuable information and alerts around national and international issues. Together we create change!
Plenary Diplomatic Simulation on Irregular Migration, Model OIC by ICYF.
Learning from the Past: Site visit to Victim Centre, TRRC, CRC etc by NYC and Partners.
Site visits to The Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations, The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC), Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) with International Delegates to learn and share experiences on transitional justice processes in The Gambia.
By International Organisation of Migration (IOM Gambia) and International Trade Centre/Youth Empowerment Project (YEP Gambia).
Now more than ever, stakeholders around the continent are coming together to address youth unemployment and combat irregular migration. In this critical period, we must be able to showcase to the youth that #TekkiFii is possible—succeeding at home without having to resort to irregular migratory routes.
This side event will be an exhibit featuring seven “movers and shakers” of The Gambia—beneficiaries of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s reintegration support for returning migrants and the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP)’s entrepreneurship and skills training programs. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear the testimonies of these seven inspiring individuals, who have bravely overcome their own hardships and struggles. Find out what they have gone through, what they are up to now, and discover the potential sectors for growth in Africa. With a one-of-a-kind side event, we are giving our Gambian youth a voice to tell their stories to the rest of the continent.
ICPD25 TALKS by UNFPA The Gambia.
This session will focus on showcasing ideal examples of youth leaders who are transforming lives in their respective spheres of influence, taking the baton of being the change they want to see and leading by example in actions that are aligned to the sustainable development agenda. These are young people who took it upon their social responsibility to challenge the status quo and embark on advocacy efforts. Their work is inspirational and epitomizes the kind of African Leadership we aspire to see leading our transformative agenda. These are amazing young leaders who have saved lives, influenced changing legislation, compromised their lives in their pursuit of social justice and have gone boldly and fearlessly in the direction of their dreams. They will each give 6 minutes powerful punchy presentations about their lives, their journey, their story, their trials and tribulations, what drives them and words of inspiration in a way of challenging the youth delegates to be the change they seek to see.
The moderator will introduce the session and give a brief background on what is the ICPD25 Talks!! The moderator will introduce the speakers 1 after the other. The moderator will read out the bio of the speaker before they take the stage. After each speaker, the moderator will request for a resounding round of applause for each speaker and follow the same introductory sequence. After the last speaker, the moderator will request all speakers on stage for a last round of applause and recognition. The moderator will thank them and close this segment.
Improving Youth Political participation through proper implementation of ACDEG by Activista The Gambia.
Roles of Youth in Creating Urban Decent & Sustainable Jobs in Africa by Young Activists Initiative Nigeria and local partners in The Gambia.