Engaging Africa's Youth in Democratic Governance - Beyond Rhetoric

06.09.2017 // By editor

As part of its knowledge management strategy, and as a follow up to the conversations emanating from the 2016 Regional DG Trends Youth Consultations, AGA collaborated with ISS to produce two policy briefs on young people. While one focused on young women, this one looks broadly at young people's participation in democratic governance spaces.   This policy brief on Engaging Africa's Youth in Democratic Governance - Beyond Rhetoric is co-written by Edward Kahuthia formerly of AGA and Lauren Tracey of ISS. 

The Policy Brief presents an overview of the continental normative framework on youth engagement by the African Union (AU). It argues that there is a disconnect, both in theory and practice, between youth rights and freedoms on the African continent. The brief highlights the important roles of the AU, regional economic communities and member states in meaningfully engaging the youth in governance processes. It explores ways for the youth to assist the continent in achieving sustainable development, preventing human rights violations and harnessing Africa’s demographic dividend.

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