The African Union Office of the Youth Envoy launches a new initiative to empower a movement of Pan-African youth advocates. The initiative will engage two Hustlers per country, young male and female, over a period of two years to lead continental, regional and national advocacy and accountability for the ratification and implementation of the African Youth Charter including progressive youth policies, youth funds and youth inclusion as well as the institution of effective monitoring and reporting mechanisms.
Cognizant of Africa’s burgeoning youth population, with over 75% of the continent’s population under the age of 35, the African Union (AU) has since prioritized the empowerment of young people as central to achieving the vision of Agenda 2063. The African Youth Charter, adopted in 2006, is a rights-based framework which guides the engagement and empowerment of youth in Africa, enshrines their rights, duties and freedoms and has spawned the action plans which have guided continental programming, most recently the African Plan of Action on Youth Empowerment (APAYE 2019-2023).
Article 28 of the Charter mandates the African Union Commission (AUC) to collaborate with governments, non-governmental institutions, and developmental partners to identify best practices on youth policy formulation and implementation and encourage the adaptation principles and experiences sharing.
In a similar vein, Article 26a calls for young people to be custodians of their own development. The AUC’s youth engagement strategy is centered on youth ownership of their outcomes, youth-led accountability, and building the capacity of young Africans to undertake these responsibilities.
As mandated by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission H.E, Moussa Faki, the African Union Youth Envoy published the 2019/20 Action Plan. The Action Plan, under the Advocacy Model, seeks to mobilize the African Youth Charter (AYC) Hustlers, to lead continental, regional and national advocacy for the ratification and implementation of the Charter as well as the institution of effective monitoring and reporting mechanisms.
This is in line with the AUC’s 1 Million by 2021 Initiative, which seeks to provide opportunities for African youth in the game-changing areas of employment, education, entrepreneurship and engagement (4Es). Under the engagement pillar, the initiative seeks to create meaningful platforms for youth to drive change in their environments. The AYC Hustlers initiative provides an opportunity for youth-led advocacy and youth-led accountability and ensures results on continental commitments to their development.
The flagship initiative is spearheaded by the AU Office of the Youth Envoy (OYE), with the support of Youth Division of the AUC Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST), and in collaboration with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), seeking to engage young Africans as African Youth Charter Hustlers. The AYC Hustlers initiative will engage two mobilizers per country, one male and one female for a period of two years.
The AYC Hustlers Mission
- Advocate for Action
- Promote Africa’s Model
- Hustle for Accountability
Visit the official website.
- Be national of the 55 member states of the African Union
- Be aged 18-33 years old (as of 21 April 2020)
- Have demonstrated advocacy results and impact in their work
- Be committed to volunteer for two years to hustle for the Charter
Apply online through the given link.
Application Deadline: April 20, 2020Application ClosedOfficial link