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Building Capacity for a New Generation: The Case for Youth Leadership in Africa

In Thinking Africa on 04/05/2012 at 19:35

Building Capacity for a New Generation: The Case for Youth Leadership in Africa

As a new generation of African leaders emerges, and the continent moves well into the 21st Century, the full spectrum of social, political, and economic issues require invigorated ways of thinking about leadership and youth in Africa. Today’s youth are being looked upon to play a crucial and active role in building African communities, promoting accountability, and developing new visions – within African countries specifically, but also across the continent more generally. In so doing, building the capacity for this generation is perhaps one of the greatest challenges, but also one of the most important. Youth across sectors – whether government, civil society, or business – will shape the continent’s future.

A Wider Vision

With the theme, “Building Capacity for a New Generation: The Case for Youth Leadership in Africa”, the 2012 Oxford University Pan-Africa Conference is poised to be the largest gathering of African students in the United Kingdom and will highlight the importance of nurturing a new type of African youth leadership in response to the rapidly evolving challenges of this century. No simple solutions exist, and the conference is set to tackle a number of hotly debated issues. Key themes include: challenges and opportunities for the next generation of African leaders, investing in youth as an economic strategy, youth and politics on the continent, Africa in a globalized world, and the future of Sino-African relations. (cont…)

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