Call for submissions – Get a chance to attend the African Union’s Heads of States Summit in January 2017!

This year, the continent of Africa will be commemorating the Africa Youth Day on November 1st, under the theme: “Promoting youth mainstreaming as a catalyst towards harnessing the demographic dividend.”

ayd-16Africa Youth Day is a day set aside every year to promote the increased recognition of youth as key agents of social change, economic growth and sustainable development in all areas of African Society. It is an occasion to celebrate the youth on the continent, opportunity to contribute and channel youth motivation, energy and creativity towards the achievement of the African agenda. All young people contribute to shaping society to lead it towards political, social and economic renewal.

The purpose of this day is also, to contribute and channel the youth voices, energy and idealism to reinforce the efforts towards the achievement of sustainable development in Africa. The chosen theme will nest on and magnify the preamble to the African Union 2017 theme of the year on “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in the youth.” This theme seeks to extend reflection, actions and initiatives towards reaping this demographic transition. As part of the continent-wide celebrations, the African Union Commission will be marking this day by launching the Youth Mainstreaming Guideline.

This is a call for submission in the form of an abstract/write-up, artistic impression, video, blog around the following four thematic pillars of the demographic dividend road-map:

  • Pillar 1: Employment and Entrepreneurship
  • Pillar 2: Education and Skills Development
  • Pillar 3: Health and Wellbeing
  • Pillar 4: Rights, Governance and Youth Empowerment.

Selected entries will be invited to partake in the 2017 January Heads of States Summit. Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

What and how to submit: Write-ups should be no more than 1000 words. Support your work by sending further evidence such as pictures and/or videos and nomination/recommendation letters.

Kindly note that only high resolution photos and videos will be accepted. Send links to big files (Videos/photos/blogs etc.). Include the following information as part of your submission: Name of your project or your organisation and country or region your work affect, your age and sex. Send your entries directly to: with the “AU Youth Day 2016” in the subject line.

The deadline for submissions is 25 October, 2015.

The African Union Commission further encourages young people and youth organisation across the continent to host activities in their communities and share these events with us to document and upscale where possible to a continental audience. Such activities may include engaging in dialogues on youth participation in decision making processes, showcasing talents among others. This is in a bid to ensure that African youth are at the forefront and continue to strive for their ownership in Africa’s development agenda.

Download the Concept Note here, send you work to the African Union Youth Division and you could be selected to join the celebration in Addis Ababa for the 28th AU Summit in January 2017! Good Luck!

Source: African Union Youth Division Website

Call for Applications: Residential School 2017 – Governance for Development in Africa Initiative


The Mo Ibrahim Foundation in association with SOAS and the Centre of African Studies-University of London is organizing a one-week Residential School in March 2017 (location and exact dates tbc) on the topic of ‘Governance and Development in Africa’.

The annual residential school on governance and development is part of the Governance for Development in Africa programme that we at SOAS run in collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

This initiative aims to contribute to and stimulate debate on governance, development, and the relationship between them. About 20 participants from a range of African countries, and representative of the academic, civil society and government sectors, are selected each year to take part in the residential school. Participants will gain, through this training, new ideas and knowledge on the broad issue of governance and development. Applications are now open to and selected participants will come from a wide range of backgrounds.

Criteria: Applicants should have at least a MSc degree in areas related to Governance or 5 years professional experiences in fields relevant to the theme of Governance and Development in Africa. The official language of the School is English.

All costs for successful applicants, including economy flights, visa costs, accommodation and meals will be covered. No per diem.

Application process: Applications should include:

  1. 2 page max CV (including email address for correspondence)
  2. One reference letter (can be emailed directly by referee to
  3. Proposal of max 1000 words outlining research interest and/or professional background and how the applicant will benefit from attending the Residential School.

To be sent electronically to

 Deadline for applications: 15 December 2016

Detailed information, video recordings and participant profiles can be found on the website 

Source: SOAS Website

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Skills Development Forum (YEES-Forum) 2016

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The African Union Commission in collaboration with ECOWAS, the National Agency for the Promotion of Youth Employment in Senegal and YALI are pleased to announce a call for applications to the Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Skills Development Forum (YEES-Forum). The forum aims at bringing young African entrepreneurs to learn, network, share experiences and good practices, motivate each other and showcase their businesses and thereby be an inspiration to one another. The YEES forum is scheduled to be held from the 5th of October to the 7th of October in Dakar Senegal. This forum targets the Francophone Countries and follows the inaugural forum that was held in Kenya in 2014 targeting Anglophone Countries.
The YEES forum is driven by the realisation that interventions focused on linkages will improve the value chain by enabling the flow of critical services through embedded arrangements. In addition to peer to peer linkages, these interventions shall also focus on linking regional competitive youth entrepreneurs to industry champions thus addressing some of the challenges faced by young people, particularly women in business and providing a platform for peer learning. The forum aims to attract entrepreneurs with scalable businesses who are currently employers of labour and are interested in working towards a better Africa.

Participants at the forum will benefit from:

  • Improved business development skills through practical workshops;
  • Collaborative learning and sharing of experiences to increase success rates for business start-ups among young entrepreneurs;
  • Opportunity to identify successful business men or women to act as Mentors for young entrepreneurs;
  • Opportunities to engage with young entrepreneurs in dynamic sectors of the emerging intra-Africa trade including extractives and agri-business.

        The program will include:

  • Training: Training sessions on core business development including building a sustainable financial structure and personal development. The sessions will also introduce participants to various mentoring techniques as well as new tools for effective mentoring;
  • Exhibition: This exhibition will give opportunity to young entrepreneurs to showcase their products and explore new market opportunities. Business development service providers will also be invited to proffer advice to the young entrepreneurs,
  • Field Visits: Participants visit a successful enterprise owned by young entrepreneurs in the host country. This is expected to inspire the participants and serve as successful models for their own enterprise development and management,
  • Experience Sharing: Key business organizations and leaders will be identified to facilitate the forum. The regional entrepreneurship development platform to be established shall provide back stopping for experience sharing, mentoring and business development services.

Date and Venue: The YEES Forum will take place from 5th to 7th of October 2016 in Dakar Senegal.

Theme: ‘Enhancing partnerships for 21st Century Skills: youth as job creators, not job seekers.’

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to Citizens of African Francophone Countries;
  • African youth between the ages of 15 and 35. Women are strongly encouraged to apply;
  • Must be able to speak and work in at least one AU working language (English, French, Arabic or Portuguese).

Participation Cost: Young entrepreneurs can sponsor themselves to this workshop and there is also a limited number of scholarships available to entrepreneurs. Please indicate if you will be interested in sponsorship while applying.

Interested participants are therefore requested to express their interest in participating in this forum by applying via the following link: on the 12 September 2016 by 11:59pm (EAT).

For further information please contact:

Ms. Diana Diallo | Department of Human Resources Science and Technology | African Union Commission | Email:

Mr. Nicholas Ouma | Department of Human Resources Science and Technology | African Union Commission | Email: 

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Twitter: @AUYouthProgram

ZAYRAH Africa: Call for PIONEERS!

17747_517165498352116_656722182_nZAYRAH Africa is a volunteer-involving Youth development Agency, created in March 2012 with aim to alleviate poverty amongst young people in Africa by promoting good governance that advance Africa development Agenda. More specifically, ZAYRAH Africa conducts programs based on and advocacy around the provisions enshrined in various regional policies, treaties and protocols that promote Youth rights (and human at large), Youth empowerment and their full participation into the continent development. Headquartered in South Africa, ZAYRAH has expanded its programs and activities to Tunisia, Benin and is currently working towards establishing offices in Kenya and Mozambique as part of its institutional development strategy. Since its inception, ZAYRAH has expanded to Benin and Tunisia where programs have being implemented using youth empowerment tool such as volunteerism and active citizenship to foster governance and youth participation in the countries development.

As part of its 2013-2016 strategic plan, ZAYRAH Africa will, by end of this year 2016 open its last 2 offices: 1 in Nairobi to cover, spearhead and coordinate activities in the 18 African English speaking countries and 1 in Mozambique for the 6 Lusophone countries (Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Angola and Equatorial Guinea). As ZAYRAH is working on its new strategic plan 2017-2020 and in transition to a new leadership, the organisation is calling for few volunteers to join its team.


  • Two (02) Digital Youth experts Online Youth Volunteer to help in the marketing, branding and web design to (re)built ZAYRAH Africa’s website.
  • Three (03) ZAYRAH Officers (Youth volunteers) to work for ZAYRAH in Nairobi, Kenya Office to spearhead, coordinate and implement programs and advocacy strategies in the constituency.
  • Three (03) ZAYRAH Officers (Youth volunteers) to work for ZAYRAH in Maputo, Mozambique to spearhead, coordinate and implement programs and advocacy strategies in African Lusophone countries.

 For what?: Under the supervision of the Institutional Development Manager and ultimate direction of the Executive Director, The Country Officers (4) of each new office will coordinate activities in their jurisdiction, will participate in the Board of Directors’ meeting and advise on programs to implement annually in their scope of work area. The Head of Offices will lead a team of 3 plus volunteers for their programs, will spearhead the advocacy and programs, and lead everyday activities. The Country Officers, as pioneers will be to (1) ensure that their entities are legally registered in accordance to their home country’s policies, by end of December 2016; (2) conduct a short research on Youth development policy in their country. The online Volunteers (2) are to help ZAYRAH build a new, smart, friendly-usable and interactive website as well as design new branding materials. The online volunteers will work from October 15th to December 15th.

Profile of candidates?

  • Dynamic Students/recent graduates or any young African aged between 24 – 29,
  • No previous experience is mandatory, as ZAYRAH Africa seeks to empower its members on the learning-by-doing basis,
  • Interested in volunteerism and willing to build career in international development with focus on human security and/or human rights;
  • Team player with a global mindset, culturally sensitive with values of integrity, active participation.
  • Creative, Passionate about and willing to create sustainable future for generations to come through a sustainable organization that works for and with young people to help achieve Agenda 2063 vision,
  • Available to work 10 hours per week on ZAYRAH’s programs / activities,
  • Knowledge of African Union policies and previous experience in any youth organization are desirable.
  • Knowledge and ability to work in English is preferable.

When and how?: Interested candidates are to apply by August 28th. Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted for interviews scheduled to take place early September 2016. Final decision will be made by end of September and new team members will be expected to assume duty on October 15th (for everyone), after an e-meeting is convened by the Board of Directors to welcome newbies. Non-selected applicants might be given priority to volunteer on program/project of their interest, sanctioned by a certificate of end of service. TO APPLY CLICK HERE

Contact Information:

Go and like ZAYRAH Africa Facebook page : For more queries, please drop and email to Mr. Octavio Diogo, ZAYRAH’s Institutional Development Manager, , or

Apply Now: African Union Volunteers – 7th Cohort Recruitment (2016)

(The author of this blog is sharing this opportunity because he is an AUYVC Alumnus. Read his experience here)

yvc-new-smallThe African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC), established in 2010, is a continental development program that promotes youth volunteerism in Africa. The program aims to deepen the status of young people in Africa as key actors in Africa’s development targets and goals, enhancing their participation in policy development as well as design and implementation of relevant interventions towards the AU Vision of ‘the Africa we want’. It brings people together to share skills, knowledge, creativity and learning to build a more integrated, prosperous and peaceful Continent driven by its citizens. The volunteering opportunities are intended to build professionalism and a sense of responsibility among the participants, thus enhancing their employability.

Young African Professionals are recruited to serve for a period of 12 months as AU Volunteers in an AU Member States other than their own. The next intake of volunteers for deployment in 2017 will be 02nd – 22nd August 2016.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants have to meet the following criteria:

  • Citizen of AU Member State or African Diaspora;
  • Age 18 – 33 years;
  • Has a post-secondary certified qualifications (TVET, Bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
  • Available to dedicate 12 (twelve) months for volunteer work;
  • Willing to live and work in another AU Member State;
  • Is proficient in at least one official AU language (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese);
  • Has at least one year verifiable volunteering experience and one year professional work experience.

Eligible Fields of Qualification: For the next intake of AU Youth Volunteers, the following fields of qualification and expertise are required: Accounting, Agriculture, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Diverse Natural Science Fields, Economics, Education, Environmental Management, Human Resources Management, Human rights, International relations, Journalism, Law, Political Science, Gender studies, Space Science, Statistics, Translation/Interpretation.

Application Process:

  1. Register on the AU-YVC Database (
  2. Read carefully the information on the website
  3. Build Your Profile
  4. Attach the following:
    • Scanned copy of identity page on your passport
    • Highest qualification degree
    • Letter of Recommendation
  5. Submit application (latest by 22nd August 2016 midnight Addis Ababa time – GMT+3)

 *Late applications and applications that do not contain all requested documents will not be considered. *THOSE WHO HAD APPLIED BEFORE ARE REQUESTED TO RE-APPLY.

Recruitment Process:

  • 23rd August – eligibility Check;
  • 15th September: Successful applicants will be notified;
  • 15th October – 01st November: AU-YVC pre-deployment training;
  • 2017: Deployment of trained volunteers.

Volunteer Entitlements:  For the successful candidates, the African Union Commission and partners will cover the full costs of their pre-deployment training and cost of their deployment. On deployment, the African Union Youth Volunteers receive the following:

  • Economy return air ticket from home town to place of deployment
  • A modest monthly stipend
  • Health insurance cover
  • Separation allowance on successful completion of twelve months

More Information: For more information, please contact Ms Prudence Ngwenya (Head of Youth Division); Mr Daniel Adugna (AU-YVC Program Manager)  ,,


Apply: African Union Regional Youth Consultation

Deadline: Friday July 15th, 2016

downloadThe African Union Department for Political Affairs, under its African Governance Architecture secretariat, is organizing four regional youth consultation forums across the continent under the theme of “African Union’s Year of Human Rights with a specific focus on the Rights of Women.” These forums aim to provide a collaborative, open and inclusive space for young people to offer input into the African Union’s 10 Year Human Rights Strategy.

Young women and men from North, West, Southern, Central and East Africa will come together to discuss various ways to contribute to the promotion of human rights on the continent. Each of the regional consultations will focus on four broad thematic areas, which will be discussed in groups. The themes include:

• Young Women’s Rights
• Governance, Peace, Security and Migration
• Inclusion, Diversity Management and Popular Participation
• Employment and Mobility

In order to be considered for participation the entire application form must be completed by Friday, July 15, 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Click here to Apply

Source: AGA Platform Website

Dr. Zuma is Leaving and African Youth Hope for Zuma 2.0

Time is up for African Union Commission (AUC) Chair Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who  said she would not run again. Her term, which was entrusted to her by the African Union Heads of States in 2012, ends July 2016

We remember how tedious her election process was for Yayi Boni, former President of the Republic of Benin After so much back and forth, the AU Commission got its first ever chairwoman, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who replaced  Jean Ping.

In February 2013, I met H.E. Dr. Zuma when she paid a surprise visit to the Youth Division of the AU Commission to inquire about its service and their proposal and/or suggestions to advance youth initiatives. Imagine my shock when I heard that she was the first chairperson to show interest in youth service, wow.

This month, the African political sphere is actively in search of the next AUC chairperson and youths cannot afford to miss this opportunity to share their views and suggestions, or be part of the sustainable solution. Even though the nearly 1 billion youth are not in a position where they have a say to select candidates for this top leadership position of the organization. The young people who have witnessed the work of the Commission, under Dr. Zuma’s Leadership, wonder who amongst the candidates, will be able to carry on her legacy on Youth Agenda advancement. Moreover, the next AUC Chairperson, whose term commences in 2017, will be working towards an agenda of Harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Africa Towards the Realization of Sustainable Development Goals and AU Agenda 2063.”  The next term will not only be a new era for 2018-2021 strategic planning, but a test for the successor on youth matters.

Dr. Zuma’s Legacy on Promoting the Youth Agenda in Africa.

4-f8taIUAs an African Union Youth Volunteer (AUYV) alumni, I will share my perspective on Dr. Zuma’s legacy in the Commission through the eyes of a youth.

Dr. Zuma’s approach was to develop a well defined strategic plan that would highlight Strategic area number 5,  to  “Mainstream ( women and) youth into all AUC activities.” While partners welcomed and applauded this “first ever, well elaborated strategic plan,” (using the words of a high official in a foreign government agency), this was a major milestone for any stakeholder to accompany the AUC work and to channel resources and energy towards achieving greater results for the African Union. Over the past four years, this has resulted in increased funding for youth related programs that foster skills development for youth throughout the continent.

On May 2013, while celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the OAU, Dr. Zuma strongly advocated for an investment in African youth, more interaction between youths, heads of states and government officials, and further pledged for a Youth Desk. Few months later, she appointed a youth advisor in her office and since then, the AUC host an annual inter -generational dialogue to promote youth mentorship, candid debates and discussions between political positions holders, experts and youth from all six regions of the continent, in order to stimulate ownership of youth agenda by the involved parties.

Overall, Dr Zuma’s leadership has been instrumental in mobilizing more resources and creating additional programs for youth development namely, the AU Youth Volunteer program, the African-German Youth Initiative (exchange program) under the Youth Division, the Legal Associate Program for junior legal experts posted mostly in the Office of Legal Council, the placement of returning Young African Leaders Alumni (Mandela Washington – YALI fellows), as well as the deployment of hundreds of AU volunteers across AUC departments and Liaisons Offices throughout the continent. Most important, Dr. Zuma’s office is staffed with at least 6 youth volunteers, what an achievement!

Dr. Zuma availed herself to young people, both virtually and physically, be it through her attendance at a youth  gathering (chiefly the 2015 Inter-generational Dialogue in South Africa where she invited youth to invade political space), or through a series of tweet-chats and other online social media platforms. But it is the participants of the 10th Africa Regional Convention of Girls Guides and Girls Scout who recall the full participation of Dr. Zuma at their August 2013 event held in Lagos. Although she had a hectic schedule, she spent two days with Continental Volunteers, an organization committed to community service and young girls and women’s development.

Certainly, four years is not enough time for Dr. Zuma to implement her youth agenda. She strongly believes that education is key to unleashing a youth’s potential and innovation in the quest for a people-centered development for Africa through the Agenda 2063. Unfortunately, she may not be able to complete her project to transform the Youth Division into a full, capacitated department of the Commission before her departure.

However, Dr. Zuma’s legacy extends beyond youth issues. The power that lies in her leadership has inspired more women to run for political positions. We see that two out of the three candidates to replace her are females, ,H.E. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, current Minister of Foreign Affairs of Botswana and Dr. Wandira Kazibwe Speciosa, former Minister for Vice President of Uganda, who is currently serving as Advisor for Health and Population to President Museveni.

The Dr. Zuma 2.0 African Youth Want!

If the elections take place in Rwanda this month, there will be three candidates to choose from. In addition to H.E. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi (Bostwana) and Dr Wandira Kazibwe Speciosa (Uganda), there is a male candidate from Equatorial Guinea, Mr. Agapito Mba Mokuy . The candidates are eligible and more than capable to politically hold the position. The question is, which candidate is more youth-friendly and ready to take on the challenge of creating a better future for African youth? Who has the vision with regards to youth development in Africa? Who has more political willpower to gain stakeholders’ interest in the African Youth agenda? Can/should youth expect someone with no interest in youth issues, in his/her country, be able to work wonders at the Commission?

Zuma’s successor must have had previous work experience in youth related issues that speak for itself. African youth desire someone who will advocate for more youth-centered approaches for all of Africa’s challenges. She/he must be ready to advocate for the domestication of ALL AU policies, frameworks and binding instruments that secure social security to youth including the African Youth Charter, The Charter on Democracy, Governance and Elections, and make AUC departments, organs, programs, activities and AU decisions more youth-friendly. As a former African Union Youth Volunteer (AUYV), I would like to see the AUYVs have a standing and that budgets are allocated to programs where every young African benefits.

Whoever is elected by the AU Heads of States needs to know that there is no future for Africa without adequate investment in its youth. They would need to establish a legacy greater than Dr. Zuma’s.! We, the youth, await the next AUC chairperson who will push the youth agenda and give us The Africa Youth Want! Youth Hope for Dr. Zuma 2.0!