At the first meeting with leading African youth development activists on Saturday 2nd Jan 2016 to discuss the way forward to empower African communities with the #SDGs, it was agreed that NAYD should try to develop country specific youth-led SDG teams to encompass members from all the different youth-led SDG initiatives. To date 28 co-ordinators have agreed to progress this initiative and teams are currently being formed. The overall purpose of this initiative is to co-ordinate and collaborate the efforts of as many youth-led SDG empowerment and implementation efforts in Africa as possible right at the start of the 15 year period. This will hopefully lead to quicker and more effective progress.
This initiative ties in with Goal 17 – ‘ Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development’. The countries so far developing their teams are Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia/Somaliland, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. If you wish to be considered for any of these teams please send a brief CV to me asap. If your country is not currently represented on this list but you are aware of youth-led SDG initiatives in that country kindly let me have contact details of those leading the initiative.
The next meeting is planned the first Saturday in February at 11am GMT. We hope by then that as many African countries as possible will have formed strong, committed, united youth-led SDG teams.