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Africa Regional Youth Report (December 2016)
The 1st Alliance Africa Youth Conference in the Region
The region was pleased to have the first Alliance Africa Youth Conference in Kigali-Rwanda on 29 October 2016. The conference participants enjoyed great conversations after a fruitful community work session known as ‘Umuganda’ in Kinyarwanda. Inclusion of young co-operators in conversations around the implementation of the sustainable development goals was the key message that was emphasized by speakers and panelists from the region and around the globe.
The young co-operators agreed that they need to take advantage of available opportunities to aim high, and participate actively using the available resources to reach the ambitious goals, since they are not only key actors in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, but they are also directly affected by the challenges the SDGs seek to tackle.
The election of the Alliance Africa Youth Network
Ms. Hilda Ojall is the new President of the Alliance Africa Youth Network. The Alliance Africa Board celebrates the first ever Alliance Africa Youth Network President. This young lady was elected to the position during the 12th Regional Assembly that was held in Lemigo Hotel Kigali - Rwanda on the 31st of October 2016.
An educator of Credit Unions / SACCOs at the Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives Ltd (KUSCCO) under Risk Management Services, Ms. Hilda is confident that her election will be an inspiration to young people to join the co-operative movement, and aim at leadership positions as a means to advocate for issues affecting young people at that level. As the leader of the Alliance Africa Youth Network, a vivacious and outspoken group of young ambitious co-operators, Ms Ojall is confident that she will provide energetic and focused leadership that will enable young co-operators to actively and meaningfully participate in strengthening the co-operative movement in Africa in general.
The Alliance Africa Secretariat, Board and Members warmly welcome Ms Ojall to this new position, and very much look forward to working with her to advance the cause of African youth in the co-operative movement.
BOLESWA Tripartite Youth Cooperative Forum, 2016
BOLESWA tripartite brings together young co-operators from three countries namely; Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland to engage in interactive dialogue over benefits and challenges associated with the participation of youth in co-operatives. The tripartite has gone a step further to emphases on youth empowerment, employment and engagement.
After its launch on 01 June this year, BOLESWA will be having their annual Youth Forum from 05 to 09 December 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana. The Forum’s theme is “Accelerating Economic Diversification through Youth Co-operatives”. The tripartite welcomes you all to this Forum which creates an agency in promoting the viability and growth of co-operatives as an instrument for economic development.
International Course in Israel – 6th to 30th November
Co-operatives as important forms of social capital empower community self-help actions that may take off into a process of sustainable human development. MASHAV, AJEEC-NISPED together with The Alliance Africa, joined hands to support co-operators from the Africa region to participate in the second phase of “Cooperating Out of Poverty - Cooperatives and Enterprise Promotion in Africa” course in Israel.
Training is one of the major requirement youths need to undertake so that they become adequately prepared to effectively face emerging challenges in business ventures. This time round three youth were sponsored to attend the course as training needs to be relevant to current socio-economic, environmental and technological dynamics.