Kairaba Beach Hotel
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.