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Africa Youth Leadership Caucus

AYLC is a regional initiative of CDA International that evolved from a basic fervor of the need for regional consensus and mobilization for action within the globalization framework that establishes the strategic institutional involvement of young people in sustainable human development. The AYLC is predominantly a virtual initiative; its strategy a communication approach is to ensure that there is use of existing resources and structures. The use of International instruments like the: World Conference on Human Rights (Vienna, 1993), International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994) Forth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995) Programme for Action on Youth 2000 and beyond.

 This initiative is an effort to facilitate the visibility of young people in Advocacy and Capacity building towards influencing Policy, Political and Programme support in the translation from words into action the commitments embodied in these agreements.  The main focus of the caucus is to establish a regional voice among youth leaders through selected, targeted channels; encourage regional amalgamation for advocacy by members; develop materials for representation and presentation; and provide a coordination and follow-up mechanism for implementation of International Developmental Commitments as a holistic approach to youth empowerment. 

The VISION of the Caucus is Consolidating and ensuring sustainable human development in the African region through twenty first century leadership.

Its MISSION is to advance young peoples ownership of health development, promote partnership for health policy and service delivery reforms, and advocacy and generate evidence for such advocacy at continental, regional and country levels.

The OBJECTIVES includes a) to organize Advocacy, on the cognitive involvement of young people at regional level. B) To establish strong roles for young people in developmental initiatives at regional level. C) To mobilize and empower young people in leadership at regional level for country level action. D) To promote appropriate interventions example Research and resource mobilization and allocation to programs directed at the total empowerment of young people. 

Some of its strategies include a) Networking and alliance building, b) Internet and Communication Technology-website, e-mail discussion forum, c) Participation d) Capacity building, e) Advocacy

Membership is spread through out the continent and established through an electronic forum with a country level and sub-regional level coordination system






NEPAD Youth Expert Panel: Young people need to be engaged in the continents development programme. NEPAD recognizes, as a framework Human Capital Development in action as the optical fibre to Africa's Renaissance and in this young People have the responsibility of understanding NEPAD and the MDG and determine its success with the view to action-oriented involvement and not simply to enjoy sitting on different thrones of cynicism.  Through the NEPAD Youth Expert Panel, African youth, will have a strengthened capacity to engage the African Union through dialogue and mobilize support from other quarters to put youth issues on the continents development agenda; play a leadership role at their sub-regions with the framework and operationalisation of NEPAD.

 Starting points for the Panel include;

         The final G8 Action Plan for Africa will be reviewed from a youth dimension and concrete demands/recommendations made and forwarded to them; and

         The protocols of the AU must be reviewed (with respect to youth and gender, participation, etc) and ensure youth participation in the protocol establishing the ECOSOC, specialized technical committees, the peace and Security Council, and the financial institutions;

         Ensure that youth issues are mainstreamed in the country NEPAD strategies at national level before they are submitted to the NEPAD Secretariat for incorporation in the regional action plan;

         Develop strategies on how to use the CSSDCA mechanisms to hold governments accountable particularly on commitments they have made. A standing conference will be held every two years (the first this 2004);

         Encourage the youth to apply for positions in the Commission of the African Union to ensure gender equity;


Members of the Panel included one representative from over 20 countries and special groups; selected through a process that was gender sensitive and includes a good mix of intellectual diversity as well as knowledge of the African Development Environment.

The panelist operate from National constituencies that will ensure the three tier approach to ensuring that the activities of the Panel are related to the African Youths beyond of an all round advocacy, capacity building and intellectual exercise.

The secretariat of the Panel is based in Lagos, Nigeria at the office of Center for Development Action (CDA) International. The panel was initiated as a Policy and Advocacy project of the Organization. At the CDA International; the issues that NEPAD seeks to address are issues that affect young people and addressing them should be cognitive-intellectual responsibility of young people, especially now. We operate with the philosophy of sustainable development as an inheritance rights for young people, wherein responsibility is developed through continued and sustained involvement. Thus, our continued commitment to facilitate the strategic, popular and cognitive involvement of young people in the governance and development of their countries and region as a whole.



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