Over the last decades, Africa has been experiencing rapid technological and economic development creating new opportunities for millions of people all over the continent. However, with more than 226 million people aged between 15-241 , Africa has the youngest population – and the highest youth unemployment rate (60% ) – in the world.
Lack of employment opportunities, low levels of education and skills combined with limited access to sexual and reproductive health services, have resulted in a generation of young people with limited association to the formal job market. However, Africa’s youth represent a significant asset for sustainable growth if the demographic transition (characterized by an increase in the working age population) is appropriately harnessed.
Youth Connekt Africa is a result of a highly successful initiative launched in 2012 by the Government of Rwanda and UNDP. In 2016, 14 countries in Africa expressed interest in the scale up of the initiative. In partnership with UNCTAD and UNDP, the Government of Rwanda is hosting the inaugural YouthConnekt Africa Summit to initiate the rollout of the program across the continent.
The YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2017 will be held from the 19 to 21 July 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. YouthConnekt Africa is designed to realize Africa’s demographic dividend by combining elements of skills development, entrepreneurship, access to jobs and finance, awareness raising on issues related to youth development, and promotion of youth citizenship and leadership. By changing mindsets, engaging youth in National Policy, fostering solidarity, engaging youth in delivering SDGs, YouthConnekt Africa will empower 200 million African Youth to take a more proactive role in shaping their future.
For more information about the event