MLA 3: Promoting development of national youth policies and supporting youth civic engagement and participation in socio-political, community and peacebuilding processes in Africa

This activity is anchored within the context of the UNESCO Operational Strategy on Youth (2014-2021) adopted by the 37th session of the General Conference. It is the core activity on youth development in Africa, and builds on work done in the previous biennium, implementing the UNESCO Strategy on African Youth (2009-2013). Implementation will take into account the need to align with the African Union Youth Charter. In terms of content, this activity is aligned with Axis 1: (Policy formulation and review with the participation of youth); and Axis 3: (Civic engagement, democratic participation and social innovation) of the UNESCO Operational Strategy.

  • Regional in scope—Africa-wide coverage
  • Guided by UNESCO Operational Strategy on Youth (2014-2021)
  • Although programme will focus on the 1st and 3rd pillars of above strategy, lots of room to also exists to work on the 2nd pillar, i.e., transition from youth to adulthood (skills development, employment/employability, etc)
  • All other Africa regional offices (Abuja, Dakar, Harare and Yaoundé) associated with, and to benefit from this allocation.
  • Funds to also support consolidation of 36 C/5 gains in Africa
  • Room for Intersectoral collaboration
  • Partnerships to include: UNESCO sectors and field offices; AU/RECs (e.g. EAC/IGAD, etc), UN agencies, National Commissions, universities/research centers (for conceptual work); peace activists, civil society, etc
  • Consultation with all relevant stakeholders key, to agree on modalities of implementation and more importantly what percentage of the overall budget should benefit each country, taking into account, among others, needs of the respective countries, and relevance of programme intervention to C/5 results.
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