Quite obvious, NAYD operates in a situation whereby intermingled difficulties and resource shortages exist within countries, with millions of marginalized youth and diverse challenges that remain unaddressed. Thus, the network endeavors to be clear in its direction and operations, more than anything else, to ensure institutional sustainability.
Our Vision and Mission Statements
NAYD envisions seeing Africa as the safest and developed continent whereby human rights is promoted and the basic rights of youth are highly respected regardless of their age, sex or race.
|Moving the Planet, Cameroon|
- Information and knowledge sharing,
- Enhancing Institutional Capacity of the youth platforms in Africa,
- Recognition and mobilization,
- Promoting experiences and efforts of young Africans,
- Facilitating strategic partnership, open dialogue and the creation of a strong functional relationships,
- Reinforcing regional lobbying and advocacy on mainstreaming youth policies,
- Promoting Enabling Policy Environments for Youth Participation in Decision making,
- Promoting Dialogue and Intercultural peace.
How NAYD Works
|YONECO, TB Awarenessm, Malawi|
NAYD’s membership is growing. It has now has 1000 member youth organizations across Africa with a presence in 40 African countries. Through using social media, such as Facebook, it is connecting young people to share lessons and to start developing joint projects, though regular information and experience sharing.
More recently, NAYD was invited by the African Union Commission to speak at meeting of the African Ministers of Labour in Cameroon (2010). NAYD has also been working jointly with likeminded organizations line the African Monitor to advance youth development issues in Africa.
NAYD is at the forefront of youth action in Africa. Its members form the largest network of youth organizations on the continent. We have worked with the African Union on subject of ‘Accelerating youth empowerment for sustainable development at the 17th Ordinary General Assembly in July 2011. In partnership with the African Monitor, a South Africa based organization, we will continue to closely monitor and follow up on the implementation of the Decade on Youth Development Action Plan developed by the African Union in 2009.
Young people and their organizations face many challenges. Although more recently there has been an increased recognition of the importance of investing in young people, governments throughout Africa have not been attentive to the complex issues faced by young people today. Youth led organizations continue to be poorly funded, hampering the work that they do and the impact that they can have. It is through networks that young people can work closer together in a more organized and systematic way. Youth networks provide an opportunity to advocate and promote youth issues and youth solutions.
For more information, visit the Network for African Youths for Development.