African Youth Summit 2023 is a highly anticipated event that seeks to empower and inspire the continent’s young generation. In partnership with the ATKV, Global Changemakers will be hosting the second Africa Regional Summit in Cape Town, South Africa from 17-20 October 2023. As the largest gathering of its kind, the summit aims to provide a platform for African youth to engage in meaningful dialogue, share ideas, and collaborate on strategies to address the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead. With a focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and sustainable development, the African Youth Summit 2023 promises to be a transformative experience for all participants.
Changemakers from or living in Africa working to create positive impact in their communities will be invited to attend a life-changing week of skills development, networking and capacity building alongside 50 of Africa’s most impactful young leaders. After the summit they will join an international network of over 1200 Changemakers from around the world and become eligible to apply for grant funding to scale and amplify their impact.
Fostering Collaboration and Dialogue:
The African Youth Summit 2023 will bring together a diverse group of young leaders, activists, entrepreneurs, and change-makers from across the continent. By fostering collaboration and dialogue, the summit aims to break down barriers, encourage the exchange of ideas, and build networks that transcend borders. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in panel discussions, workshops, and interactive sessions, providing a platform to share experiences, showcase innovative projects, and learn from one another.
Key Themes and Focus Areas:
The summit will revolve around several key themes that are crucial for the advancement of African youth. These include:
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Recognizing the potential of entrepreneurship to drive economic growth and job creation, the summit will explore avenues for supporting and promoting youth-led startups and innovative solutions to address societal challenges.
- Leadership and Governance: Empowering youth to become effective leaders and active participants in decision-making processes is vital for Africa’s sustainable development. The summit will offer workshops and discussions on leadership development, good governance, and youth participation in policy formulation.
- Education and Skills Development: Access to quality education and skills development opportunities are critical for empowering African youth. The summit will focus on strategies to enhance educational systems, bridge the digital divide, and equip young people with the skills needed for the future.
- Sustainable Development: Recognizing the urgent need to address environmental and social challenges, the summit will explore sustainable development practices, including climate action, conservation, and responsible resource management.
Impact and Outcomes:
- The African Youth Summit 2023 aims to generate concrete outcomes that will have a lasting impact on African youth and their communities. These include:
- Policy Recommendations: Through collaborative discussions and expert insights, the summit will develop policy recommendations to advocate for youth-friendly policies at national and continental levels.
- Youth-Led Initiatives: The summit will encourage participants to launch and scale up youth-led initiatives that address pressing challenges, with the aim of creating sustainable solutions and positive change.
- Partnerships and Networks: Participants will have the opportunity to forge partnerships and networks that transcend borders, fostering collaboration and cooperation among African youth beyond the summit.
- Empowerment and Inspiration: The summit’s workshops, mentorship programs, and success stories from established young leaders will empower and inspire participants to take bold steps towards their personal and professional goals.
The African Youth Summit 2023 in South Africa presents an exciting opportunity for African youth to come together, share ideas, and shape the future of the continent. By focusing on entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, and sustainable development, the summit aims to empower the next generation of African leaders and change-makers. Through collaborative efforts, policy recommendations, and the launch of youth-led initiatives, the summit will contribute to a brighter and more prosperous future for Africa.
About Global Changemakers
Global Changemakers is an international youth organisation with a mission to support youth to create positive change towards more fair, just and sustainable communities. Global Changemakers do this through skills development, capacity building, mentoring and grants. They have trained over 15K young people from over 180 countries and provided grants to 460+ youth-led projects in partnership with organisations such as the Shawn Mendes Foundation that have had a combined impact on over 16 million people. They have organised four Virtual Youth Summits, eleven fully funded Global Youth Summits and four Regional Summits in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe, as well as many other skill-building events across the world.
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