Wednesday, December 07, 2011


Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Project 1: Examining the State of Africa's Youth Policy Framework
Article 03

In 2006, African Governments agreed unanimously and passed the African Youth Charter in Banjul, the Gambia. Passing the Charter was an important step in furthering the youth development agenda on the African continent. As a continental youth policy framework, the charter was to become binding when 15 instruments for ratification were deposited. But whilst the charter has already entered into force since 2009, there are still a number of African countries that are yet to ratify. So we are asking, WHY HAVE YOU NOT RATIFIED THE AFRICAN YOUTH CHARTER?

We are taking part in a Youth Leadership session at ICASA right now and wanted to bring attention and name the countries that have yet to ratify the charter. Does it mean that youth development is not important in these countries? Does it mean that having also agreed on and passed the Decade on Youth Development Action plan (2009 to 2018), which is essentially a road-map to the implementation of the charter, youth development in these countries is nothing but a passive aspect in national development?

Here is a list of countries that have yet to ratify the charter as of this minute. Some of them may have already signed, but what is important is ratifying - showing that they are ready to be held accountable;

  • Algeria
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burundi
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Egypt
  • Equitorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Sao Tome and Principle
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
39 countries have SIGNED; 29 Countries have RATIFIED and 28 Countries have deposited the instrument (Ghana is forthcoming).

Please spread this information and ask your governments, WHY HAVE YOU NOT RATIFIED THE CHARTER?

Editorial Team.
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  1. Tanzania on this list has already ratified the charter. They ratified in 2012.

  2. Thank you "Anonymous". If your country is on this list but has already ratified since the article was published, please leave us a comment.


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