This year we launched a three-year Africa We Want project which is essentially about Subject 2 Citizen franchising: ensuring S2C takes root in the national movements; that training leads to community action; and that YMCAs become vibrant credible and profiled membership-organisations so that youth take the lead to make positive change in their communities.

The Africa We Want has been linked to Agenda 2063, which is a development strategy established by the African Union and is an action call for “all segments of African society to work together to build a prosperous and united Africa based on shared values and a common destiny.”

As the African Union explains, “Agenda 2063 is a framework of the African Union to have an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena. It focuses on encouraging discussion among all stakeholders to suggest an approach that would enable the continent to effectively learn from the lessons of the past, while building on the current progress.” In order to achieve the African Union’s vision of “An Integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena”, significantly more action is still required; especially from the youth. Africa must do things differently and should effectively learn from the lessons of the past, build on the progress now underway and strategically exploit all possible opportunities available in the immediate and medium term, so as to ensure positive socio-economic transformation within the next 50 years.”

Agenda 2063 will focus on the following:

• A Prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development;
• An Integrated Continent, Politically United, based on the ideals of Pan Africanism;
• An Africa of Good Governance, Respect for Human Rights, Justice and the Rule of Law;
• A Peaceful and Secure Africa;
• An Africa with a strong Cultural Identity, Values and Ethics;
• An Africa whose development is people-driven, especially relying on the potential offered by its women and youth; and
• Africa as a Strong, Resilient and Influential Global Player and Partner.

The AAYMCA’s development goal of the project is: To empower young people to become drivers of the African Renaissance through catalysing and driving implementation of Agenda 2063.

In 2015, the project was implemented in Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Madagascar and South Africa. In 2016, it will be additionally implemented in Sierra Leone, Togo, Cameroun, Senegal and Zimbabwe.

The project has 3 key objectives:

Participating youth have increased voice, space and  influence through awareness and ownership of Agenda2063 and the African Renaissance

YMCAs are positioned as credible and sustainable partners to regional bodies in supporting the implementation of the youth component of Agenda2063 by 2017

National Governments integrate Agenda2063 in key national policy and planning documents in participating countries, in particular Aspiration 6, Par 67(h)

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