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.