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November 11- 14, 2019


EAC Headquarters &
MS TCDC Campus- Arusha


Youth at the Crossroads Migration, Participation and
Access to Opportunities

YouLead/ The Difference we make.

YouLead Summit employs the following gathering and engagement strategies to map and connect youth leaders through decentralised and organic conversations on East African current state affairs and the role of young people in shaping the future of regional integration.

Pre-Summit Events

YouLead Consortium members in collaboration with selected co-host organizations through successful call for expression are voluntarily hosting in-country events leading up to the regional summit. Acceptable events are those likely to result in national-level impact, involving as many youth representatives and networks as possible. There are 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.

These are continuous spontaneous, exciting youth community events— ranging from Youth Multifaceted Conversations, video screenings, art workshops, Fireplace chats to whatever else youth love to do together that leads them to share experiences and clarify their aspirations.

Ubuntu Talks is a design based on African values and heritage-inspired individuals sharing their stories of lived experiences. YouLead 2019 Summit will be headlined by several “Experiential Solutions based Ubuntu talks” made by subject matter experts and 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 active search for community solutions.

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.

The Summit consists of several breakout sessions. Each session is stemming from youth recommendations from relevant young people’s context and current national or regional affairs, remaining reflective of broader YouLead long term ambitions.

Hosted by:

 Digital Opportunity Trust

 Ndoto Hub

 Obuntu Hub

 Kili Hub

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  Innovation and Technology


  Social Impact


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.


 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

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

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

Our Success Story

  • 1. No EAC country left behind
  • 2. Nearly 50% Gender parity achievement among delegates
  • 3. 100% satisfaction approval by delegates
  • 4. Rated 100% successful in helping youth understand their leadership role
  • 5. 100% successful in giving youth leaders an opportunity to meet and connect with fellow young leaders from across the EACA
  • 6. 100% approval of speakers, mentors and session contents

The YouLead Consortium


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