Deadline: 7 January 2019

For a continent that is the youngest in the world, young Africans are conspicuous by their absence at key deliberations that affect their futures. Because of this, Project Pakati is calling for ChangeMakers and ChangeLeads to work on a youth representation project.

There seems to be an understanding that youth are significant dividends of the continent’s population and that they need to be included in decision-making processes in various spaces, yet this is not happening. By not including them in decision-making processes, countries lose a crucial resource base. Young people can contribute a great deal through their perspectives and experiences; no governance structure can be truly successful without them.

That young Africans have a role to play has been recognized by the African Union through its African Youth Charter, which was signed in 2006 in Banjul, Gambia. The Charter enshrined the rights, duties and freedoms of African youth. Specifically, the Charter seeks to ensure the constructive involvement of youth in the development agenda of Africa and their effective participation in the debates and decision-making processes in the development of the continent. The Charter sets a framework to enable policy makers to mainstream youth issues in all development policies and programmes. It, thus provides a legal basis for ensuring youth presence and participation in government structures and fora at national, regional and continental levels. Despite the Charter being in place, youth remain marginalized and excluded from political and other important decision-making processes.

The purpose of Project Pakati – through the African Leadership Institute – is to create spaces and opportunities where young people can identify synergies and collaborate, resulting in the execution of collective agendas and activities that drive the African developmental agenda forward.


This is a great opportunity for  a number of reasons:

  • It gives you the platform to play a role in shaping the Africa you want by using your voice to help achieve youth representation.
  • It is a learning opportunity to learn from your peers from many other African countries who you will collaborate with on the platform
  • It is a platform to broaden your perspectives on many issues affecting youth and young leaders on the continent.


  • Preferred candidates are people who, by their actions, achievements and the values and principles by which they conduct their affairs, have demonstrated they are action-oriented and results-driven leaders.
  • We are seeking energetic young African leaders who are tired of the status quo and want to contribute to making a difference. They are to be between the ages of 18 and 40 years of age.
  • Candidates can come from any sector of society (business, social entrepreneurs or civil society).


To apply and for more information visit here