I was honored this week to speak at “The African Union Youth Humanitarian Pre-Summit and Pledging Conference.”
My contribution focused on the practical ways we can begin to use the Free Movement Protocol and the AfCFTA through Youth engagement and involvement to build the Africa we want in 2063.
I firmly believe that it is time the African youth are not just invited to the table but recognize that as 75% of the population, WE ARE THE TABLE!
I shared how my work at Job Creation supporting companies to move their products and services across 12 African markets whilst creating a sustainable pipeline for youth jobs would be the future of trade on the continent.
I also proudly shared the need for all the present organizations to partner with the AfCFTA Youth Advisory Council to ensure young people are at the forefront of all this change and implementation of the agreements and protocols.
My key takeaway is, I need to be intentional with all the work we are doing for refugees across the continent and build intentionally for them just as we are doing for the differently able. We did great work with some refugees in Kakuma but it is time for us to level up and give them the hope they need. If you are working with refugee groups or have an interest in supporting such groups across the continent – reach out!
Grateful for the opportunity and invite from the event sponsors – IOM – UN Migration, World Vision, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies – IFRC, UNICEF, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Independent Diplomat