Saturday, October 08, 2011
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African Youth Charter Experts Meeting; November 1st – 2nd 2011

Saturday, October 08, 2011
African Youth Charter: Its Potential, Its Limitations

The African Union and Open Society Foundations will be conducting an experts meeting to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the African Youth Charter (AYC), which aims to accelerate youth development on the continent. The event will take place on November 1st to 2nd and is part of a week-long African Youth Festival in Addis Abba, Ethiopia.

The meeting will bring together young people, academics, and experts in the youth sector and in international law to discuss the challenges, successes, and next steps for agencies and young people engaged in advocacy around the continent on the implementation of the AYC.

Rationale

Interest in African youth development has surged in recent years due to the increasing youth population on the continent. A wide range of actors including the AU, United Nations agencies and the General Assembly, governments, NGOs, corporations, and civil society groups are amongst those encouraging investment in the advancement of young people. Yet there has been little analysis of whether the African Youth Charter is an
effective mechanism for youth advocacy or policy development.

Participants will discuss the Charter’s strengths and weaknesses; if the AYC offers youth additional provisions not already articulated in other policies; and the readiness of ratifying member states to enforce the Charter given the very disparate realities in regions and countries throughout the continent. Central to the discussion will be the enforcement provisions in the Charter. Without a reliable mechanism for monitoring compliance with the AYC, participants will address whether the AYC needs a stronger optional protocol or if the emphasis should be on more enforceable charters such as the African Charter on Democracy Elections and Governance (ACDEG).

Format

Participants will provide case studies and legal analysis of the Charter and present papers on the legal framework of their countries preparedness to enforce the Charter. Representatives of countries that have already ratified the Charter will share their experiences.

Outcomes

The meeting will distil recommendations from the legal analysis of the African Youth Charter, the African Charter on Democracy Elections and Governance, and country case studies. An analysis will be issued on the proceedings, including background materials and identification of key challenges and trends, highlighting specific policy and institutional implications for implementation at a national and transnational scale.

This event is also timed to continue discussions from the 17th African Union Summit that was held on June/July 2011 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, that had the theme “Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”.

Participants

Invitees include: United Nations Population Fund (supporting partner), Ford Foundation (supporting partner), United States Agency on International Development, African Union, Pan African Youth Union, Centre for Citizen’s Participation in the African Union, Institute for Economic Affairs, The African Child Policy Forum, Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa.

For more information, please contact: Ronald Rwankangi; rrwankangi@osiea.org, Emmanuel Etim EtimE@africa-union.org or Rudo Moyo rmoyo@sorosny.org

We will be featuring follow-up analysis after this meeting where a number of our contributors will be in attendance. Subscribe to Connect African Development at the top right to ensure you do not miss the outcomes of this important gathering.

Editorial Team.
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2 comments:

  1. I will miss this interesting meeting. I did my dissertation research on youth participation in Ethiopia, would like to know whom to contact for future collaboration in a possible project idea on youth development in Africa.

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  2. Re-Youth, thank you for visiting. For this meeting in particular, the contact details are at the bottom for the people involved, but for other initiatives, please keep visiting us or SUBSCRIBE, we will keep you posted on initiatives and important gatherings all throughout 2011 and beyond.

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