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The 2012 Ibrahim Youth Delegation are here!

Angel M waipopo The 2012 Ibrahim Youth Delegation

On Sunday 11th November, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation will be hosting the 2012 Ibrahim Forum with the topic focusing on Youth Employment, Education and Civic Participation in Africa. Restless Development – in collaboration with the Foundation – are going to be taking an energetic and highly-skilled group of Youth Delegates and Youth Communicators to attend and actively participate in the Forum. Our aim is to contribute to improved livelihood outcomes for young people in Africa by ensuring that their perspectives and realities feed into this high-level discussion forum.

We are very excited to say that we have now successfully recruited the 20-strong Youth Delegation from our extensive alumni network, friends and partners across Africa, and their training is now well under way!

Our 15 Youth Delegates and 5 Youth Communicators represent each corner of the continent (North, South, East and West) and have all come from a diverse range of life experiences in addition to social, economic and cultural backgrounds;

  • Youth Delegates:- will be participating as speakers in the audience during the thematic panel discussions and ‘Q&A’ as well as networking with high-level guests and meeting with Official Representatives from their country of origin who are attending the Forum
  • Youth Communicators: – will create or develop an online/offline youth community with their peers and community members at home and will be connecting to live and existing social media platforms.

The Forum itself will focus on three core themes to be discussed by a diversity of high-level panel members; covering key factors that pose a challenge to the economic and social development of Africa’s youth population;

Education: – African youth are better educated but have few employment prospects compared to their parents. On the continent, too many African young people are neither employed, nor studying, nor looking for a job. What needs to be done to increase the competitiveness of African youth within the global market?

Employment and Economic Outlook: – Africa has become an important player within the global economic system. Sub-Saharan Africa has higher growth prospects than the global average, Middle East & North Africa, Latin America and Europe. Meanwhile, demographic shifts, the western world’s financial crisis, and the development of technologies, are impacting the shape of the global job market. What will the global job demand look like, at world level and in Africa?  How will this impact on youth employment prospects? 

Youth Civic Participation: – The continental average age is 20 years old and the average age of African leaders is 62. Electoral absenteeism has been rising among African youth. How committed are Africa’s youth to shaping the environment around them?  How committed are policy makers to listening to and including African youth in policy decisions?

Over the next two weeks we will be sharing information and questions – via our social media networks – which will draw on these themes and the possible outcomes of this forum, so stay tuned for more information!

To find out more about our youth delegates and communicators visit our dedicated page to the forum here.

Adam Abraham

Adam Abraham

21, Tanzania

Very active student who is working on livelihoods issues in Tanzania. Adam has lots of great ideas about the role that entrepreneurship has to play in addressing youth unemployment in his country, and the need for more vocational training at an early age. AISEC volunteer, and has set up a small tshirts company to fund his education.
Angel Mwaipopo

Angel Mwaipopo

24, Tanzania

Working with the livelihoods team in East Africa to develop an online platform which will connect unemployed youth with potential future employers and job openings aimed at young people. Lots of grassroots experience and plenty of stories to tell!

Aviwe Mboyiya

21, South Africa

At the beginning of her path to support youth-led development in South Africa. Very connected at the grassroots level, with heaps of passion and lots of ideas about how to address education issues on the ground.

Christabel Machila

26, Zambia

 

Very involved in research and evaluation with the Restless Development team in Zambia – has lots of knowledge on the national situation for young people, and really keen to learn from others across the continent.
Fedi Bahri

Fedi Bahri

27, Tunisia

Disability rights campaigner from Tunisia who has experienced strong discrimination in the workplace for being deaf. Fedi has since been building relationships between Ministry for Employment, unemployed youth with disabilities and potential future employers. He will be accompanied by his interpreter – Houssem Aloui.
Imane Benjelloun

Imane Benjelloun

20, Morocco

Energetic Marketing student from Morocco engaged in multiple youth-development initiatives in Morocco. Focus areas include HIV/AIDS, climate change, sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship for young people. Hopes to set up an organic farm to hire unemployed youth and re-strengthen agricultural sector in her country.
James Ochan Amos

James Ochan Amos

29, South Sudan

Strong disability rights campaigner from South Sudan who believes passionately in the role young people can play in governance, having been so inspired by the role of youth during the revolution in Sudan to create an independent state of South Sudan. Also discrimated for his mobility impairment.
Joel Bamwise

Joel Bamwise

21, Uganda

Very passionate about addressing poverty and injustice amongst the youth in Uganda. Has been hugely active in employment and livelihoods work at a local community level, having volunteered as a peer educator with Restless and started his own NGO called Implementers Uganda.
Kaddijatou Manneh

Kaddijatou Manneh

21, The Gambia

Young development worker from The Gambia who is keen to learn new lessons from across the region to help address issues relating to Education and Employment for youth at home.
Lilly Mensah

Lilly Mensah

23, Ghana

A very talented ghanian youth advocate and reporter with strong knowledge on the current situation at home for young people. Has struggled to make the voice of youth heard in the media in Ghana and is passionate about strengthening youth inclusion in society, particularly those with disabilities.
Mthulisi Moyo

Mthulisi Moyo

26, Zimbabwe

Passionate about uniting a strong, skilled and knowledgeable network of young people in Africa to address developmental issues that affect them the most. Has carried out lots of livelihoods training with youth in Zimbabwe and has lots of ideas to share.
Prince Wilondja

Prince Wilondja

24, DRC

Highly creative youth worker who has started his own ice cream company to find work for young people who are victims of conflict in the DRC. V passionate on issues of sustainable development and youth representation in decision-making.
Yeabsira Bogale

Yeabsira Bogale

23, Ethiopia

Experienced young advocate and youth worker from Ethiopia who is working hard to raise the under-represented voice of ethiopian youth. V knowledgeable on the socio-economic picture, and already has lots of advocacy work under her belt!
Yves Ghislain

Yves Ghislain

24, Senegal

Young senegalese youth ‘Activista’ who is passionately working on youth sexual health issues. Very excited to see that the Forum will be taking place in his country, as he feels strongly that Senegalese Youth have a lot to give.
Zoneziwoh Mbundgulo

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo

27, Cameroon

Very passionate advocate and youth campaigner working to raise the profile of youth-led development in Cameroon. A skilled communicator and very knowledgeable on the socio-economic picture in her country right now.
Alfred Muteru Ndumo

 Alfred Muteru Ndumo

27, Kenya

– East Africa

Hugely knowledgeable on the social, political and economic picture across the continent, with a particular interest in the power of the African youth diaspora to input in to the future of their respective nations. Working at the African Leadership Centre with a focus on security issues.

Doudou Kajangu

29, DRC

– Central Africa

Great online skills with an engaging personal blog that deals with youth-facing issues in DRC at the moment, particularly on areas of post-conflict development, sexual and reproductive health, and employment and education.
Funso Bukoye

Funso Bukoye

24, Nigeria

– West Africa

An emerging young journalist from Nigeria who has been blowing the trumpet for the youth for several years now, and has built a wide network and good reputation for her work.
Hend Sallam

Hend Sallam

24, Egypt

– North Africa

 

Young Egyptian blogger and journalist who is greatly interested in the role young people have played in the Arab spring across the north of Africa. Experienced in communicating around conferences and v active on Twitter.
Isaac Mwaipopo

Isaac Mwaipopo

24, Zambia

– Southern Africa

 

An excellent young communicator with radio and journalistic experience, and lots of work in the field on livelihoods projects to boot! Keen to hear from others experiences to help him contribute to improved approaches in Zambia.
Richard Wanzala

Richard Wanzala

Uganda

Facilitator – Training, Forum Support and Debrief
Primrose Manyalo

Primrose Manyalo

Zimbabwe

Facilitator – Training, Forum Support and Debrief
Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith

UK

Facilitator & Project Officer

Victoria Forsgate

UK

Facilitator & Project Manager
 Ababacar Kante

Ababacar Kante

Senegal

Facilitator – Translation Support

The 2012 Ibrahim Youth Delegates have been chosen!!

By Restless Development Tanzania.

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