22 Nov 2011

African Youth Decade Alliance

The African Monitor in partnership with Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa (IFAPA) and the following youth organizations and networks: The International Young Catholic Students, Association Jeunesse Verte du Cameroon (AJVC), Nahdet El Mahrousa, Southern Africa Youth Movement, Network for African Youths for Development, African University Students Network, South African Youth Council, have established the African Youth Decade Alliance (AYDA).

The African Youth Decade Alliance was formed in Johannesburg during the first steering committee meeting held from the 7th to 8th November 2011, in which the representatives of the organizations above mentioned attended. The vision of the Alliance is to see a connected Africa, advancing the African youth developmental agenda. The mission of the Alliance is to mobilize and provide a functional and technical platform for African Youth Organizations (AYOs) and networks to effectively and constructively contribute to the implementation of the AU African Youth Charter and Youth Decade Plan of Action.

The African Youth Decade Alliance seeks to unite African Youth Organizations and networks around the imperative of the implementation of the African Union Youth Decade Plan of Action and the African Youth Charter. To achieve this aim, the African Youth Decade Alliance will be embarking on a strategy of African Youth policy engagement, fostering partnerships and synergies between Alliance’s members and facilitating the input of African Youth Organisations and networks into Africa’s development discourse.

In this regard, the African Youth Decade Alliance will act as the interface between African Youth Policy and the organizations which that policy affects by providing youth organizations and networks with technical expertise and necessary tools for constructive African youth policy engagement. In this way, the Alliance is not establishing a new competing African Youth Organization, but rather an aid to already existing youth organizations in their engagement with and pursuit of the Youth Decade Plan of Action and African Youth Charter. 

The founding meeting of the AYDA unanimously agreed to: confirm the membership of the Alliance, to engage with a representative from the African Union Commission on the Youth Decade Plan of Action, to agree to the vision, mission and objectives of the Alliance and to conceptualize and ratify the founding document of the Alliance.