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Theme: Development is people not things: Maendeleo ni watu si vitu.
Convened annually, YouLead Summit is co-hosted by Training Centre for Development Cooperation
(MSTCDC), the East African Community (EAC) and other partners. YouLead Summit is YouLead’s
annual climax event and is now East Africa’s largest forum of young leaders, mentors, government
officials and youth organizations representatives from all the 6 EAC Partner States (Burundi, Rwanda,
Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan) to focus on crafting responses to the region’s rapidly
growing youth population, their challenges and opportunities. Two focus areas define conversations
at YouLead Summit: a) Youth in Politics - how youth leadership can be reinvented and entrenched),
b) Youth in Business and Enterprise - how youth might meaningfully engage in national and cross
border entrepreneurship/business in East Africa taking advantage of an already existing enabling
regional policy and institutional environment). Over 300 youth leaders, mentors, government
officials, youth issues experts participate in each YouLead Summit edition in Arusha, Tanzania and
many more others participate at country level through pre-summit events.
Debate and dialogue hosted annually on the sidelines
of the YouLead Summit focused on interrogating the prevailing political trajectory with the aim of
shaping a youth narrative on inclusive governance for young people in East Africa today, addressing
key issues (helping and hindering factors) affecting youth voice, participation and representation.
Annual debate and dialogue space to place youth experiences
and aspirations on peace and security at the top of regional governance agenda. Youth leaders,
policy makers, development partners and other stakeholders come together to discuss, showcase
and devise means to cooperate on solutions, change, and advance innovations for a better, safe and
peaceful world for young people.
Dedicated to discussions on the EAC Common Market
Protocol implementation, its successes and shortcomings in pursuit of youth centered cross border
business facilitation in response to youth unemployment challenges through enterprise and
innovation. Followed by a Networking Dinner for East Africa under 40 CEOs and Founders for
sharing experiences, learning and connecting for purposes of understanding shared challenges and
finding collective solutions and possibly for easy access to partnerships and financing.
Awarding the community of young social innovators that transform
intention into action. We support them in building social enterprises that find solutions to the most
challenging issues of our time.
You can provide you support toward YouLead Summit overal budget as indicated in the budget document.
During YouLead summit there are different sub-themes which you can sponsor one which is in your line of interest
You can sponsor the furum planned to take place at the You Lead Summit. Here you can do the following...
Yo can play the role of organise a forum/workshop/seminar which will takes place during the YouLead Progran.
YouLead Summit In History
Over the years, since 2014, YouLead has displayed potential for growth in East Africa and beyond:
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