Deadline: November 15, 2019
Are you an African Youth-Led and Youth-Serving Organisation? The African Leadership Institute (AFLI), through the Project Pakati initiative, is developing a project titled African Youth-Led and Youth-Serving Organizations Portal to assist African NGO’s led by and serving the youth of the continent.
Youth-led organizations are run and staffed by young people, and their members are all young people. Whilst youth-serving organizations are important as they ignite active citizenry, civic duty, and volunteerism at the community levels, several challenges exist. Firstly, they are generally poorly funded as donors and funders struggle to identify these organisations. Secondly, youth-led/serving organizations do not leverage lessons learnt by other similar organizations as information sharing opportunities are limited. Thirdly, governments do not acknowledge the important contributions of these organizations with young people frustrated that they do not get credit and support for the role they play towards the social and economic development of their communities.
In response to the above challenges, through the AFLI/Project Pakati Secretariat, the African Youth-Led and Youth Serving organization Portal project intends to profile such organisations with the intention to make them visible and discoverable.
The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa.
Below, the benefits for your organisation of being profiled on the portal:
- The portal will make your organisation discoverable by potential funders and donors;
- It will provide capacity building and peer learning for organizations
- It will enhance and promote information exchange between the organizations
- It will assist in recognising youth-led/serving organisations for their work and efforts and the role of young people in building African economies
- It will provide data to the African Union & other institutions which have placed African youth at the centre of their strategies
- It will encourage more young people to be engaged and exercise their agency. There are many young people who want to volunteer but do not know where to start
- It will also facilitate connections between youth-led/serving organisations – in the same country or across different African countries – so they can share best practices, experiences and challenges.
- Lastly, it will help recognize the contribution of youth led organizations towards continental and global agendas (Agenda 2063, SDGs etc).
To submit details of your organisation, you must be a non-profit organisation working in any one of the following areas and based on the African continent:
- Employment and Entrepreneurship
- Education and Skills Development
- Health and Wellbeing
- Governance and Youth Empowerment
For more information on the progress of this project, you can visit the directory while it is being beta-tested and check to see if you can submit your organisation at the submission form. The form itself won’t be turned on and visible until AFLI is ready to allow it to be used by public, and instructions will be provided while it is being tested.
For more information, visit AFL Institute.