YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2021 – Accra, Ghana
YouthConnekt Africa Hub (YCA) is an African home-grown solution positioned to provide relevant solutions for the global South and to support the implementation of relevant South-South initiatives to empower youth. The YCA Hub operates as a pan-African platform with the vision of connecting African youth for socio-economic transformation.
The YCA Hub aims to contribute to the achievement of Africa’s SDGs mandate, the AU 2063 agenda, and AU Youth Charter. Through national YouthConnekt initiatives (YouthConnekt National Programmes), the Hub accomplishes its mandate by:
- coordinating a global network to create a continental ecosystem for African youth;
- sharing experience and knowledge on program and policy design, youth initiatives, fund setting and reporting and;
- providing a conduit for resources at scale and data on youth to up-skill and finance African youth-led enterprises.
Since its launch, many African countries have demonstrated strong interest in learning about YouthConnekt and replicating the YouthConnekt model in the irrespective countries. As a result, YouthConnekt has scaled up beyond Rwanda to 23 African countries.
YouthConnekt has won the following awards:
- UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa Innovation Award in 2014.
- AGFUND 2018 Prince Talal International Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects.
- Future Policy Gold Award 2019: Decent and Sustainable Jobs for Youth Economic Empowerment category.