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About YouLead Summit

Organised since 2017 by MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation, the East African Community (EAC) Political Affairs Department and Africa Alliance of YMCAs with the participation of other partners, the East Africa Youth Leadership Summit (YouLead) is East Africa’s biggest youth gathering recognised by the EAC in line with the provisions of the EAC Youth Policy (2016) priority 14 which mandates the EAC Secretariat to build networks and partnerships to, ‘Institute an Annual Youth Leaders’ Forum with the EAC Secretary General as a regional platform for youth engagement with the EAC leadership.

YouLead gives and amplifies youth voices in key regional political processes and strengthens their mandate to participate in leadership at country level. YouLead facilitates cross-country youth networking to accelerate the EAC regional integration aspirations. Participants are mobilized across various sectors: political leaders & policy makers, business, ICT, agriculture and the non- governmental organizations.
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YouLead 2018

19 - 23 November 2018

Theme: “Youth Political and Economic Inclusion: Scenarios for Sustainable Regional Integration

Focus

Envisioning & imaging an East African Community that meets the needs of the region’s young people. “Building and pursuing positive Youth Scenarios for East Africa” based on current national youth trends.

Venue

The summit will be held at the beautiful MS-TCDC Campus in Arusha Tanzania.

Daily themes

Day 1: National Youth Trends in Political & Economic Inclusion: Key asks for effective Youth Participation in EAC Integration Priorities and Processes
Day 2: Youth and SDGs: Framework for National & Regional Participation
Day 3: Youth in Trade, Enterprise and Employment: Regional Opportunities &Obstacles
Day 4: The EAC Youth Want: Youth Scenarios for Sustainable Regional Integration
Day5: The Post-Summit Agenda of Action: Youth Leadership Fellowship

Our Approach – The difference we make

To facilitate the process, the Summit employs the following strategies to engage youth leaders and practitioners in creative conversations on East African Youth Futures leading to YouLead

Pre-Summit Country –by- Country Events

National Youth Symposiums
Through a successful call for expressions of interest, organisations offering to voluntarily host in country events have been selected. Acceptable events are those likely to result in national level impact, involving as many youth representatives and networks as possible. There is no restrictions on the number of youth that can participate in the events. Virtual (social media and technology based) and physical engagements are encouraged all through the process. To the fullest extent possible, all themes and topics addressed are tailored, but not limited to those of the regional summit, with a national outlook to address national level issues. To the fullest extent, organisers are encouraged to involve youth members of parliament, national youth councils, government ministries responsible for youth and East African affairs, and reach out to as many youth led and youth serving organisations as possible.
Why the National Youth Symposiums?
Due to space and financial constraints, only a limited, competitively selected number of delegates (200) have a chance to participate in the regional summit The National Youth Symposiums are therefore aimed at giving the opportunity and voice to the maximum possible number of youth at country level to voice out concerns and issues, most of which have national regional level implications and hence can be addressed by EAC at regional level. The outcome of the of the in-country events is a Country-by-Country National “Youth Trends Report”. The proceedings and report from the National Youth Symposiums will form an integral part the regional summit agenda.
In-country youth meet ups
These are continuous spontaneous, exciting youth community events— ranging from house parties, video screenings, public lectures to whatever else youth love to do together that leads them to share experiences and clarify their aspirations.
Ubuntu Talks: Showcasing Practical Solutions to Youth Challenges
YouLead 2018 Summit will be headlined by several “Experiential Solutions based Ubuntu talks” made by subject matter experts and thought leaders in the key thematic areas of the Summit. The presenters are youth leaders who have undertaken initiatives with real results that are providing solutions to daily society’s challenges and are very well connected to young peoples struggles and in active search for community solutions.
Panel Discussions and Expert Presentations
YouLead also features a host of panel discussions and expert presentations that allow for various experts and practitioners, as well as participating youth themselves to engage in critical discussion sessions related to the Scenarios for young people in East Africa. All the moderators are youth participants, to ensure that the matters arising are relevant to the participants and address the thematic focus of the summit.
Breakout Futures Workshops
The Summit consists of several breakout sessions. Participation in each session is voluntary, based on the participant’s own choice. Each session is designed as Futures workshops, based on youth trends and factors, the idea being to guide the participants through the process of developing youth scenarios and identifying areas for key actions from the collective number of participants. These then emerge as basis for policy and program interventions by national governments and the EAC, the regional policy body.
The Futures Wheel
Designed to address Youth Trends and Scenarios, the summit process will determine the development of a larger Futures Wheel. The Futures Wheel shall be focussed on the main areas of Political and Economic Inclusion of young people in the Integration of the East African Community. Upon consolidation, the expected output is expected to represent dilemmas superimposed on possible futures Scenarios for East African youth.
East Africa’s got Talent –The Me in Me
The Me in Me initiative seeks to emphasize to young people the relevance of lending themselves to a holistic personal and group learning and development tactics that comprise educational brilliance minus disregarding natural talent, ability and skillfulness and energy the young people are endowed with. Young people can bring out their best through talent-based hands-on skills, innovation and creativity such as pencil drawing, paintings, poetry and comics, staging a dancing concert with the aim of conveying critical messages and even earning a living through it. Applications are now open for registration of interest for performances at this years YouLead.
An Innovation Hub for Youth at the You Lead Summit
Hosted by:

Digital Opportunity Trust
Ndoto Hub
Obuntu Hub
Kili Hub
[email protected] TZ

Objective

The makeshift innovation hub seeks to be an entrepreneurship resource center to look out for, promote and inspire cross-board enterprise cooperation and professional development of business venture start-ups by young entrepreneurs across East Africa. Prior to the summit, a call is put out for young people with ongoing enterprise startups to express interest to share their business journey, successes and challenges, and put out a call for financial assistance to grow their business. They also get to link up with like minded youth entrepreneurs for possibilities of partnership and cooperation for cross border expansion of these business models.
The hub is a one stop centre of resourceful knowledge and information pertinent to entreprise growth.

Themes
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social Impact
Proposed Activities/Resources
  • Starting a Business (Road Map)
  • Product and Service development
  • Access to Finance
  • Regional Opportunities and Trade Facilitation in East Africa
  • Digital Tools for Businesses
  • Legal Compliance for Businesses
Outcomes
  • Improved knowledge in business development
  • Increased number of organizational partnerships and collaborations
  • Integration of social impact in business enterprises
  • Better use of digital tools for businesses
  • Improved knowledge in financing options and opportunities
  • Fostering peer to peer networking opportunities among young entrepreneurs
Post-Summit Agenda for Action – continued engagement

The uniqueness in YouLead summit is that it strives to go beyond just being yet another annual gathering or endorsing contemporary conferencing routine. YouLead connects, inspires and empowers young leaders to undertake country and regional level initiatives aimed at solving leadership challenges and providing practical solutions to community challenges.

The YouLead Fellowship

YouLead prepares leaders to become active change makers in their local communities, countries and across the EAC by giving them the instruments and abilities required to convert their craving into action. YouLead is quickly evolving into a Sustainable Leadership Development Program. Starting this year, through the coming years, a flagship “YouLead Fellowship”, a Young Leaders Mentorship Program” will characterize our post summit agenda. We are calling upon our existing partners and new partners to join hands with us in establishing the YouLead Fellowship Fund

YouLead success story

No EAC country left behind - all 6 EAC countries represented
Nearly 50% Gender parity achievement among delegates
100% satisfaction approval by delegates
Rated 100% successful in helping youth understand their leadership role
100% successful in giving youth leaders an opportunity to meet and connect with fellow young leaders from across the EACA
100% approval of speakers, mentors and session contents
100% approval for value for money by delegates

Voices of YouLead Allumni

“I have established a nationwide girls club network ‘SHE-Club’ to engage every girl at secondary school in leadership practices, community development projects, financial literacy”

“After attending the YouLead summit 2017 I gathered 120 youth and 40 guests to encourage youth to develop sustainable economic projects as a response to unemployment.”

Become a partner

Who will participate?

The YouLead Summit Secretariat extends a generous invitation to delegations from the following representations.
Particpation fee for all selected delegates is 100% paid for by MSTCDC and it’s partners. Sponsorship covers full board accommodation with meals and conference services. Participants are responsible for planning and paying their return travel to and from Arusha

Government Delegations

Youth Members of Parliament
National Youth Councils
Ministries of Youth Affairs
Ministries of East African Community Affairs
National Students Associations
Apply

Observer Delegations

The African Union Commission
Regional Economic Commissions
East African Development Bank
African Development Bank

Apply

Development Partner Delegations

United Nations Agencies
Multilateral donor agencies
Bilateral donor agencies
Diplomatic missions
International Organisations

Apply

Youth Leader Delegations

Youth serving NGOs
Youth led NGOs and Associations
Academic and Training Institutions

Apply

Private Sector Delegations

Business Companies
Corporate bodies
Social Enterprises
Youth Entrepreneurs
Media and the Press

Apply

Why you should participate

Africa’s youth population is growing, and very fast: projected at 2.5 billion by 2050.

Whether this spells promise or peril depends on how the continent manages this “youth bulge”.
Africa’s young population is mirrored in the East African Community (EAC) round 45% of the 150+ million are below 15 years. 28% are youth between 15 and 24 years old.

The onus is upon national and regional governments & non-state stakeholders to collaborate with youth in converting this Youth Bulge into a demographic dividend in all spheres.

National Governments need to be concerned: they have the primary role of facilitating this conversion, failure of which shall result in dire impact on service delivery, security and social protection.

Regional bodies should be interested: with globalization & increased mobility of young people, they are the secondary beneficiaries of the impacts of the Youth Bulge. The perils and benefits will be spread over entire regions.

Development partners have a key role in shaping and facilitating the direction of these conversion efforts in solidarity with those coming face-to-face with impacts.

Fostering cooperation with the private sector will ensure harmonised multistakeholder response for collective action as all the changes emerge.

YouLead 2017 Highlights

YouLead 2018 Speakers and Mentors

Rt Hon Martin Ngoga

Rt Hon Martin Ngoga

Speaker | East African Legislative Assembly

Natalie Boucly

Natalie Boucly

Country Director | UNDP Tanzania

Alvaro Rodriguez

Alvaro Rodriguez

UN Resident Coordinator | UNDP Representative

Hon. Upendo Peneza Furaha

Hon. Upendo Peneza Furaha

Youth Member of Parliament | Tanzania

Anne Adeke

Anne Adeke

National Female Youth Member of Parliament | Uganda

Joshua Rukundo

Joshua Rukundo

Secretary of Finance | Kanungu District - Delegate | National Youth Council.

Nataliey Bitature

Nataliey Bitature

British Ugandan | Entrepreneur

Charles Miracle Lipenga

Charles Miracle Lipenga

Social Entrepreneur, Professional Coach & Award-Winning Architect

Abella Bateyunga

Abella Bateyunga

Social Entrepreneur

Hamzat Lawal

Hamzat Lawal

Founder of Follow Money | CEO of Connected Development

Dominique Alonga

Dominique Alonga

Founder & CEO of Imagine | Social Entrepreneur

Leroy Henry Maghenyi

Leroy Henry Maghenyi

Social Entrepreneur

Ekyasimire Caroline

Ekyasimire Caroline

Founder & CEO | Apps & Girls

Event Schedules

Friday, 23 November 2018

# Session Speaker(s) Time Venue
1 Session 5.1: recap of previous day ..... 08:30 AM - 08:45 AM
2 Session 5.2: Exhibition of Futures Wheels ..... 08:45 AM - 10:30 AM
3 Tea Break ..... 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Tea Banda
4 Lunch Break ..... 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM Restaurant
5 Session 5.3: Plenary conversations on Futures Wheels and Action Planning ..... 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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