African Young Researchers Program

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The African Young Researchers through the African Union Youth Volunteers Corps have been recruited

to produce the 2018 Status of African Youth Report

under the Youth Division of the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union Commission.

The Status of African Youth Report is a mandate of the of the African Youth Charter Decade Plan of Action and the AU Demographic Dividend Roadmap as a means broaden the information-sharing base on youth development in Africa, as well as measuring, monitoring and reporting on investments in youth at the country level towards harnessing the demographic dividend.

The objectives of the report are as follows:

  • To comprehensively examine and analyse the realities of African youth in Member States under the four pillars of the demographic dividend, and assess the existence of enabling policy environments in these areas.
  • To help stakeholders identify responsive and innovative strategies in the key areas of interest, including an enabling environment socially, economically and politically, for young people to thrive.
  • To highlight areas of innovative interventions across the continent as good practice methods.
  • To boost the quality of youth development-specific research in Africa.

The African Young Researchers are engaged as part of the efforts of the Youth Division to create spaces for African Youth to directly engage in policymaking processes affecting their demographic, especially in the evidence generation and research field. It seeks to capacitate young researchers and deepen their status as key actors in Africa’s development targets and goals, as a means to improving the quality of generated youth development research.



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