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Since 2017, YouLead Summit has been jointly convened annually by the East African Community (EAC). MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MSTCDC) and other partners in Arusha through their youth engagement initiatives – EAC Youth Ambassadors Platform and YouLead Africa.

The Future of Africa: Creating Jobs, Feeding, and Housing the World’s Youngest Continent

Our 2021 theme

YouLead Summit 2021 is going to Africa! This year’s summit offers Africa’s largest hybrid convening experience by bringing physical audiences in different African capitals together via a virtual convening platform.

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Welcome message

From H.E Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

Youlead's Patron

Excellencies, distinguished young people and my dear friends. It is a pleasure for me to inform you that the YouLead Summit 2021 will be held from the 8th to the 12th of November in Arusha Tanzania. As you may recall, the YouLead Summit is being convened annually by the Secretary-General of the East African Community in collaboration with MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation and other partners. This year’s theme is “The Future of Africa: Creating Jobs, Feeding and Housing the World's Youngest Continent. The Summit will be convened by myself as Patron of YouLead and Dr. Peter Mathuki, the Secretary General of the East African Community. For our new Secretary-General of EAC, Hon. Dr. Peter Mathuki, this will be his first YouLead Summit to convene. I thank the young people of East Africa for according me the rare honour of being Patron of the Summit. It is heartwarming to know that the 2021 summit, which is the fifth edition, will also be accessible to an Africa-wide audience via virtual platforms. I call upon policymakers, development partners, private sector, the media, civil society, and other stakeholders, to be part of the summit and support the East African Community in convening YouLead Summit 2021.

Sodfa Daaji

2021 Summit Director

It is my utmost honor to serve as YouLead Africa 2021 Summit Director: this Summit provides a progressive platform for young people from the continent to interact with thoughtful leaders and peers, while providing practical solutions to the most pressing issues and challenges affecting them in regard to political leadership, economic empowerment and peace and security matters. We are proud of what we have achieved in the past years through the valuable support of our different partners, and we look forward to our continental impact, as we are going to Africa by building YouLead Africa - One Young Africa. It is my honour to invite governments and other stakeholders to join us and actively participate in YouLead Summit 2021. There are sessions relevant to each and everyone, such as the Under 40 Business Leaders Forum, Policy Makers and Development Partners Roundtable, Under 40 Business Leaders Forum, the Arusha Debates, the Arusha Peace Forum and the Gender Equality Forum.

Speakers

Under 40 Political Leaders Forum

 President J.M. Kikwete
Fourth President of Tanzania

 Hon. Dr. Peter Mathuki
Secretary General, East African Community

 Ms Jokate Mwegelo
DC of Temeke District, Tanzania

Under 40 Business Leaders

 H.E. Paul Kagame
President of the Republic of Rwanda

 H.E. Regine Hess
German Ambassador to Tanzania

 John Bosco Kalisa
Executive Director, EABC

Arusha Debates

 Mohammed Dewji Mo
President, MeTL Group

 Dr. Vera Songwe
Executive Secretary, UNECA

 H.E. Wamkele Mene
Secretary General, AfCFTA Secretariat

Gender Equality Forum

 Sodfa Daaji
MS TCDC Youth Advisor

2021 THEMATIC FORUMS

There will be many exciting topics to discuss and actions to take forward this year, under the popular thematic forums

The Under 40 Political Leaders Forum

Examines the extent to which the existing policy and institutional environment is enabling youth participation in leadership as well as whether or not current leadership is responsive to youth apparent needs and aspirations and explores what it will take for Africa’s youth to become the leadership for the Africa we want. Delivered through a Young Leaders debate on “If you sat where they (the leaders) sit” and sharing of experiences by currently serving young political leaders, those running for office, those who have tried to run without success exploring helping and hindering factors for youth participation in elective leadership.

Policy Makers and Development Partners Roundtable

Examines the Youth Governance Architecture in the East African Community (EAC) and affirms the role of policy makers and development partners in creating an enabling environment for Young People’s Participation in Good Governance, Leadership and Development processes and offers a platform for policy makers and development assistance providers to showcase their work with youth, highlight their successes and the challenges they face in working with youth. Discussion focused on re-imagining the role of policy makers and development partners in creating an enabling environment for Young People’s participation in Good Governance, Leadership and Development Processes.

The Under 40 Business Leaders Forum

Gathers young business leaders, policymakers and development practitioners to find solutions to pressing issues in the region’s business environment and tackling youth unemployment through nurturing innovative enterprise, a skilled competitive workforce that is able to keep ahead of the curve in job creation for youth. The 2021 Business Leaders Forum is dedicated to discussions on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), exploring answers to the ongoing question: “How can Africa’s Young Innovators Make the AfCFTA Magic Happen?” and will spotlight the economic and social impact of COVID-19 pandemic, on youth livelihoods and propose remedial measures for the devastation so far suffered.

The East Africa Youth Enterprise Awards (YEA)

In response to the current context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and in search for ways to be part of creating solutions in the spirit of “building forward stronger with youth”, in 2020, YouLead introduced the inaugural East Africa Youth Enterprise Acceleration Awards (YEA) to recognize youth-led businesses across the East African Community (EAC) Partner States that are resilient, innovative towards providing decent livelihoods and unemployment for youth. Winning ideas demonstrate a strong angle to SDGs, reducing gender based economic inequality against young women and strong on innovative use of emerging technologies and e-commerce platforms that accelerate regional economic integration and cooperation among youth led businesses. YEA Awards will be given as startup capital or scale up capital.

Arusha Debates

Aims to put a global spotlight on Arusha City for its rich history, continental and global significance and the nostalgia attached to it to galvanize Africa’s thought leaders to gather and generate insights into how to make social and economic development a reality for ever greater numbers of Africans. The Debates seek to highlight pressing African issues that require regional, continental and global policy attention and financial investment. Arusha Debates, though not seeking to occupy a competing position, works toward progressively becoming an equally important African voice to the likes of “Davos Meeting - The World Economic Forum”

Arusha Peace Forum

The Arusha Peace Forum - East African Youth Forum on Peace Building and Conflict Prevention showcases models that promote the role of youth in peace building and participation in conflict prevention as proactive measures to maintaining peace and security in Africa. The goal is to provide an opportunity for the youth to contribute towards building an effective, well-coordinated, and responsive youth sector that acts in solidarity to strengthen their ability to prevent conflicts within the region. Investing in conflict prevention is a more promising approach in the sense that it nurtures a cohort of young people who are proponents of peace and proactively transforming conflict factors into positive community unification factors.

Gender Equality Forum

Aims at bringing young people closer to the Action Coalitions commitments towards the Achievement of Goal 5 (Agenda 2030) and Aspiration 6 (Agenda 2063)”, with the aim of mobilizing African Young Women to contribute to the process of implementing the Action Coalitions commitments following the Generation Equality Forum, co-hosted by UN Women, Government of France and Mexico. The platform serves as an opportunity to raise challenges and solutions, while discussing the six thematic themes composing the five years Action Coalitions bleuprint, namely: 1) Gender-Based Violence; 2) Economic Justice and Rights; 3) Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; 4) Feminist Action for Climate Justice; 5) Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality; 6) Feminist Movements and Leadership and putting forward ideas on ways to ensure youth participation.

East Africa Tubonge

The climax session of YouLead Summit, a joint flagship initiative of YouLead Africa and Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association (KYPA) to foster young leaders’ legislative enlightenment and elected young political leaders’ performance and cooperation enhancement among young political representatives in the EAC region. The initiative facilitates a transnational platform for young people to connect, interact with and learn from their representatives while calling upon them to pronounce their commitment toward supporting the implementation of YouLead Summit outcomes and the Post-Summit Agenda at national and regional levelsand addresses the extent to which youth representatives are responsive to youth aspirations and needs - from policies to impact.

Post-Summit Agenda of Action

Is a proactive mechanism to ensure that the life of summit discussions go beyond the summit reports; actively transforming regional business and politics by providing the right environment at both policy and program level in partnership with YouLead consortium members, stakeholders and other interested parties

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Participation costs & COVID-19 Protocol

Our aim is to make it possible for as many young leaders to participate in YouLead Summit. For this reason, we have opted for a sustainable-shared financing model to participate. Thanks to the generosity of YouLead Summit partners, the participation cost for all selected delegates are fully covered 🎉🎉
*    Participants will still be required to fund their own round-trip transportation to the summit. *    Physical participation requires evidence of vaccination against COVID-19. *    If you’re not vaccinated against COVID-19 by 6th November, virtual participation will be your only option.

Delegate Costs Covered by YouLead & Our Partners

  • Conference facilities
  • Virtual conferencing needs
  • Doctors on call
  • Covid-19 prevention standard operating kits
  • Full board accommodation
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YOULEAD SUMMIT 2021 SCHEDULE

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O9:00 - 09:15
Welcome Remarks by organisers Welcoming the delegates to YouLead Africa Summit
Sodfa Daaji, Summit Director | Makena Mwobobia, MS-TCDC | David Onen, EAC


09:15 - 10:45
East Africa Under 40 Political Leaders Forum Young Political Leaders debate on “If you sat where they (the leaders) sit” - inspired by the YouLead Youth Governance Architecture Study, and the proposed Elected Young Leaders Performance and Cooperation Peer Review Mechanism.


10:45 - 11:15
Healthy Break and Tea


11:15 - 13:15
Policy Makers and Development Partners Roundtable Re-imagining the role of policy makers and development partners in creating an enabling environment for Young People’s Participation in Good Governance, Leadership and Development Processes.
Co-hosted with the EU Delegation to Tanzania and EAC


13:15 - 14:30
Lunch Break


14:30 - 17:00
Presidential Address Featuring remarks from: An Ambassador from sponsoring development partner countries, Hon. Dr. Peter Mathuki - EAC Secretary General, H.E President Kikwete - Patron of YouLead, Virtual address or pre-recorded video message from H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni - President of the Republic of Uganda, Virtual address or pre-recorded video message from H.E. Barack Obama - Former President of the United States of America
H.E President Kikwete, Patron of YouLead


20:00 - 21:30
Fireside chat with His Excellency, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete Hosted at MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation campus


O9:00 - 10:00
Presidential Address Featuring remarks from: Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa - Assistant Administrator - Director, United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Bureau for Africa, An Ambassador from sponsoring development partner countries, Hon. Dr. Peter Mathuki - EAC Secretary, H.E President Kikwete - Patron of YouLead, Virtual keynote address or pre-recorded video message from H.E. Paul Kagame - President of the Republic of Rwanda
H.E President Kikwete, Patron of YouLead


10:00 - 11:00
Under 40 Business Leaders Forum The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA): Youth Business Leaders sharing experiences of cross-border trade efforts (successes and challenges), and defining how best the legal instruments, policy and Institutional frameworks can be more enabling for youth led cross border trade and regional enterprise to be fully attained


11:00 - 11:30
Healthy Break and Tea


11:30 - 14:00
Arusha Debates | live telecast on major Tv stations in East Africa How can Africa’s Young Innovators Make AfCFTA Magic Happen? Exploring Pan-African innovations that are working, their leaders, and the opportunities to break new ground, and open doors for youth to participate in regional and continental economies under the AfCFTA
Keynote Speaker: Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Vice President of DP World.


14:00 - 15:30
Lunch Break


15:30 - 17;30
Youth Enterprise Awards Presentation and recognition of youth-led businesses in Innovative ideas requiring startup capital and in Existing businesses requiring scale-up capital.


17:30 - 18:00
Healthy Break and Tea


15:30 - 17;30
Youth Enterprise Awards Gala Dinner In recognition of the YEA awardees, as well as an opportunity to celebrate YouLead Africa Summit delegates and distinguished guests
Location: EAC HQ - Arusha, Main hall


O9:00 - 09:10
Setting the scene Welcoming the delegates to Day 3 of the YouLead Africa Summit Remarks from Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, the newly elected African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security


09:10 - 10:30
Presidential Address Featuring remarks from: H.E Évariste Ndayishimiye, President of the Republic of Burundi on the role of Youth in Preventing conflicts and maintaining peace and security within the EAC region
H.E Évariste Ndayishimiye, President of the Republic of Burundi


10:30 - 11:00
Healthy Break and Tea


11:00 - 13:00
Under 40 Peace and Security Forum Prevention and transformation of conflicts By Members of the East African Youth Peace Network setting the scene for the Peace and Security Forum


13:00 - 14:00
Lunch Break


14:00 - 16:30
Gender Equality Forum Co-hosted with UN Women and the Embassy of France to Tanzania
H.E Jeanatte Kagame - First Lady, Republic of Rwanda


16:30 - 17:00
Closing remarks The role of Youth in Promoting Gender Equality and Women in Leadership
H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan - President of the United Republic of Tanzania


18:30 - 22:00
Evening activities Offered by YouLead Africa at MS-TCDC


O9:00 - 09:10
Setting the scene Welcoming the delegates to Day 4 of the YouLead Africa Summit Remarks from Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, the newly elected African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security


09:10 - 10:10
Reflecting on the outcomes of the Summit


10:10 - 10:30
Healthy Break and Tea


10:30 - 13:00
Breakout Rooms and Discussions


13:00 - 14:00
Lunch Break


14:00 - 16:30
Breakout Rooms and Discussions


16:30 - 17:30
Presentation of the Outcomes
H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan - President of the United Republic of Tanzania


18:30 - 22:00
Evening activities Offered by YouLead Africa at MS-TCDC


O9:00 - 09:10
Setting the scene Welcoming the delegates to Day 5, reflecting on the outcomes of the Summit by Chief Delegate 2021


09:10 - 10:10
Presidential Address Virtual Keynote address by H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan on the Role of Young People in Legislative Processes in the EAC and ways to increase their meaningful participation in EAC policy processes
H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan


10:10 - 10:30
Healthy Break and Tea


11:00 - 13:00
East Africa Tubonge - Knowledge address on the State of Affairs of Youth Political Representation Unplugged Session (01) with National Youth Members of Parliament, EALA Members


13:00 - 14:00
Lunch Break


14:00 - 16:30
East Africa Tubonge Unplugged Session 02 with National Youth Members of Parliament, EALA Members


16:30 - 17:30
Presentation of the commitments by political representatives


18:30 - 22:00
Evening activities Offered by YouLead Africa at MS-TCDC

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Delegates (In-Person)

$ 500 Per Delegate
Conference facilities
Virtual conferencing needs
Doctors on call
Covid-19 prevention standard operating kits
Full board accommodation for delegates forming a limited physical audience at the regional summit centre

Travel - In line with YouLead’s co-financing model, travel costs are the delegates’ “only” contribution toward their participation.

Delegates (Virtual)

$ 50 Per Delegate
Virtual conferencing facilities
Virtual Networking Opportunities

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YOULEAD SUMMIT IN HISTORY

Highlights of

2020

Year Theme

Development is People - Youth at the Centre of Peace and Development Agenda.

Greatest Lesson

The Socio-Economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic are disproportionately affecting African Youth, and time is ripe for the Africa’s young entrepreneurs to create new value and supply chains.

Highlights of

2019

Year Theme

Youth at the Crossroads: Migration, Participation and Access to Opportunities

Greatest Lesson

There is no substitute for hard work. Young entrepreneurs should utilize practical business canvas models with value propositions, practicabilities, their uniqueness, delivery, cost structures and financial value.

Highlights of

2018

Year Theme

Youth Political and Economic inclusion: Scenarios for a Sustainable Regional Integration

Greatest Lesson

The Africa we want can only be achieved if we each take on the mantle to be the agents of change in our respective countries and communities.

Highlights of

2017

Year Theme

Unlocking Youth Leadership potential: Youth at the Centre of East African Integration

Greatest Lesson

Young people are the greatest driver of East African Community integration.

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