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PICTORIAL: Youth Connekt Africa Summit In Kigali


PICTORIAL: Youth Connekt Africa Summit In Kigali

Over the last decades, Africa has been experiencing rapid technological and economic development creating new opportunities for millions of people all over the continent.

However, with more than 226 million people aged between 15 and 24, Africa has the youngest population and the highest youth unemployment rate (60%) – in the world. Lack of employment opportunities, low levels of education and skills combined with limited access to sexual and reproductive health services, have resulted in a generation of young people with almost no association to the formal job market.

YouthConnekt is a result of a highly successful initiative launched in 2012 by the Government of  Rwanda with United Nations Development Program.

In 2016, 14 countries in Africa expressed interest in the scale up of the initiative. In partnership with UNCTAD and UNDP, the Government of Rwanda is hosting the inaugural YouthConnekt Africa Summit to initiate the rollout of the program across the continent.

YouthConnekt Africa is designed to realize Africa’s demographic dividend by combining elements of skills development, entrepreneurship, access to jobs and finance, awareness raising on issues related to youth development, and promotion of youth citizenship and leadership. By changing mindsets, engaging youth in National Policy, fostering solidarity, engaging youth in delivering SDGs.

The inaugural YouthConnekt Africa summit  has brought together Heads of States and special guests including Jack Ma, Special Adviser to UNCTAD on young entrepreneurs and small business and Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, Dr. Mukhisa KITUYI, Secretary-General of UNCTAD and Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa.



S.A Billionaire Patrice Motsepe tells Eugen Anangwe, the moderator that African elders have a duty to all the young people on the continent.

Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Director, Regional Bureau for Africa, UNDP

Finance Minister Claver Gatete (C) chatting with delegates

RDB CEO, Clare Akamanzi (L) at the summit

A plenary session on Demographic Dividend: Are we ready to win? attended by Dr. Donald Kaberuka (C)

Diane Karusisi, CEO, Bank of Kigali, Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa, Elumelu, Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation and Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank (TBC) discussing how to get 50 million jobs by 2020

Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Loiuse Mushikiwabo

Youth and ICT Minister Jean Philbert Nsengimana giving his opening remarks

 Photos by Natasha Batamuriza

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