Applications are now open for the YouthConnekt Africa Awards 2019. The YouthConnekt Africa Awards honor outstanding achievements by young African innovators (ages 16-35). The YouthConnekt Africa Summit is an annual convening that connects youth from across the continent. The 2019 YouthConnekt Africa Summit will provide a platform for all partners involved in youth development to synergize around policies, programs, and also, partnerships that will connect youth for continental transformation. Further, The third edition of the YouthConnekt Africa (YCA) Summit is set to be held from 9-11 October in Kigali, Rwanda. This year, the summit targets to gather 10,000 youth and high-level delegates to engage, discuss, design, and also, accelerate youth empowerment efforts at the continent level under the theme of ‘“Boosting an Industrious Young Africa”.
Moreover, the development of this continent resides in your hands. This convening connects youth from across the continent and beyond to engage, design, and also, accelerate youth empowerment efforts at the continent level.
Africa’s greatest resource is its youth. Yet, this abundant resource has been relatively untapped and facing cross-cutting issues such as limited access to education and finances, deterring health, scarce employment opportunities and low wages, and often excluded from local decision-making. As a result, these challenges, individually and collectively, obstruct the youth from meaningfully contributing to the social, economic and political transformation of their nations and the African continent at large.
Outstanding African innovators will be awarded as follows: