Welcome to youlead summit 2020

YouLead Summit 2020 is here, bigger and better than before. The summit is brought to you by the East Africa Youth Leadership Program - YouLead, the East African Community Youth Ambassadors Platform,the YouLead Consortium members and a host of partners. For the first time, everyone, everywhere can participate because we are going virtual. Our theme this year is “Development is people…”, taken from a famous quote by Mwalimu Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, who stated that any form of meaningful and sustainable development has to be people centered.

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About YouLead

YouLead is East Africa’s flagship Youth Leadership Development Program seeking to unlock youth leadership potential for a prosperous region. YouLead is a collective action youth program hosted by MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MSTCDC) and the East African Community (EAC) Youth Ambassadors Platform (EACYAP) in Arusha, co-owned and supported by the YouLead Consortium of State and Non-State Partners across all the 6 East African Community (EAC) Member States in the spirit of United Nations Agenda 2030 – “Leaving no one Behind” and the African Union Agenda 2063 – “the Africa we want”. YouLead amplifies youth voices in key regional governance and development processes and strengthens their mandate to participate in leadership at country level. Two focus areas define YouLead’s programs: Youth in Politics - how youth leadership can be entrenched and Youth in Business and Enterprise - how youth can meaningfully engage in entrepreneurship/business.


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About YouLead summit 2020

YouLead Summit is YouLead’s annual climax event and East Africa’s largest forum of young leaders, mentors, government officials and youth organizations representatives from all the 6 EAC Partner States to craft responses to the region’s rapidly growing youth population, their challenges and opportunities. Pursuant to the provisions of the EAC Youth Policy (2016); priority 14 which mandates the EAC Secretariat to build networks and partnerships to, ‘Institute an Annual Youth Leaders’ Forum with the EAC Secretary General as a regional platform for youth engagement with the EAC leadership, since 2017 YouLead Summit has been co-hosted by Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS TCDC), the EAC Political Affairs Department and a wide network of partners in East Africa and beyond.


This year, your participation will make YouLead Summit become a successful, vibrant platform that allows the YouLead community; old and young, experienced and novice, to meet, interact and discuss developmental issues without prejudice. There will be many exciting topics to discuss and actions to take forward this year, among them: the African Union Year of “Silencing the Guns” and the role of youth in peace building; the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s disruptions and impact on the youth’s socio-economic life regionally and globally.


Together, we will examine the status of youth participation in leadership, and how a youth-centered policy environment could be created for access to economic opportunities and decent work for youth in the spirit of African Union Agenda 2063, United Nations Global Development Agenda - Agenda 2063, while still guided by individual countries’ domestic development policy frameworks.


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YOULEAD SUMMIT 2020 IN FOCUS

YouLead Summit 2020 will be brought closer to you. We are making it possible for everyone, everywhere to participate. This will be done in several ways:

Regional Command Centre

At regional level, sessions will be held at the EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania as the central command centre, with qualified delegates, speakers and mentors, forming a limited physical audience under prevailing standard operating procedures. The command centre model will be replicated in the six East African Community capitals in each country’s context.

National Command Centres

The various national level summit centres will be connected via a virtual platform. Cognizant of the digital divide between urban and rural youth, and in the YouLead’s philosophy of Leaving No One Behind, summit centre extensions will be created at various Provincial and District community halls, in partnership with leading media outlets and local authorities.

Live streaming

In addition, key sessions will be telecast live on various radio, TV, and social media platforms of leading media partners in the EAC region and beyond.

DELEGATE PARTICIPATION INFORMATION

Participation Costs

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. However, the participants are required to personally fund their round-trip transportation to the Summit.

Cost Of Participation - Supported by YouLead Partners

DELEGATES (REGIONAL)

Participation costs have been subsidized by YouLead and partners, and covers conference facilities, virtual conferencing needs, doctors on call, Covid-19 prevention standard operating kits, and full board accommodation for delegates forming a limited physical audience at the regional summit centre. Travel at regional level: In line with YouLead’s co-financing model, travel costs are the delegates’ “only” contribution toward their participation) – to be visually amplified.

DELEGATES (NATIONAL)

Participation costs have been subsidized by YouLead and partners, and covers conference facilities, virtual conferencing needs, doctors on call, and Covid-19 standard operating kits. Travel and accommodation at national level: In line with YouLead’s co-financing model, travel and accommodation costs for national level delegates are the delegates’ “only” contribution toward their participation) – to be visually amplified.

Unique features of YouLead Summit 2020

Compliant with current regional and country-level COVID-19 prevention standard operating procedures.
Bridging the digital divide between rural and urban youth through District/Provincial/County live stream extensions (TV, radio and social media platforms)
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Exciting moments at YouLead Summit 2020

  • Under 40 Political Leaders Forum
  • Youth Enterprise Awards - to support Covid-19 resilient and responsive youth-led business innovations
  • Launch of the EAC Youth Governance Architecture Report
  • The East African Youth Parliamentary Session – aka Vijana Assembly at the East African Legislative Assembly Chambers
  • Youth Peace Assembly
  • Unveiling of the 2021 Post Summit Agenda

The 2020 Agenda

East Africa Under 40 Political Leaders Forum

Debate and dialogue focused on interrogating the prevailing political trajectory with the aim of shaping a youth narrative on inclusive governance for young people in East Africa and establishing the “Elected Youth Leaders Peer Review Mechanism”.

East African Youth Forum on Peace

Debate and dialogue space to place youth experiences and aspirations on peace and security at the top of regional governance agenda. Youth leaders, policy makers, development partners and other stakeholders, showcase their peace building work, and devise means to cooperate on peace solutions, and advance innovations for a better, safe and peaceful region.

East Africa Under 40 Business Leaders Forum

The forum facilitates a series of moderated conversations between youth business leaders and policy makers to identify and understand policy hindrances and capacity constraints faced by youth in undertaking national and regional cross-border trade in the East African community. Key discussions are focused on youth and EAC Common Market and Custom Union Protocols, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), in pursuit of youth-centered cross border business facilitation, enterprise and innovation that creates economic opportunities and decent work for youth especially in current COVID-19 pandemic context. The Forum will be climaxed with a Social Impact Award ceremony - for social enterprise innovators that are building social enterprises that create solutions to the most challenging issues of our time.

YEA - Youth Enterprise Awards

Dare to Change East Africa
The East Africa Youth Enterprise Awards (YEA) seek to recognize youth-led businesses and ideas that are resilient, innovative and action-oriented towards providing decent livelihoods for youth. Awards will be given in two categories;

  • Innovative business ideas requiring startup capital
  • Existing businesses requiring startup capital
Who can apply? Young entrepreneurs between the ages 18-35. Due to limitations in partnerships acquisition and funding, not all EAC Countries will participate in the 2020 YEA Awards processes. Awards will be given in countries where adequate partnerships have been acquired. At the moment, adequate partnerships exist in Tanzania and Uganda. The list of participating countries will be updated from time to time all through the process.

Post-Summit Agenda of Action

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.

East African Community Youth Legislative Assembly - Vijana Assembly

The East African Youth Parliament East African Youth Parliamentary Session – aka Vijana Assembly at the East African Legislative Assembly Chambers is a cross-border advocacy flagship program organized by Faraja Africa Foundation in partnership with the East African Legislative Assembly, ActionAid Uganda, European Union, YouLead and other partners. It aims at having youth voices in the key decision-making processes, right from national to regional legislative processes, inspiring a coordinated regional governance framework. The East African Youth Parliament not only offers an opportunity to unite the youth in the region but also build their capacity in leadership, policy, and cross-border advocacy. Most importantly give them a platform to engage with key policymakers; Members of Parliament, Ministers, and Heads of State towards making responsive youth/people-centered policies.

YOULEAD Summit 2020 Schedule

Monday 23rd November 2020

East Africa Under 40 Political Leaders Forum: Reinventing Leadership for East African Millennials

Debate and dialogue focused on interrogating the prevailing political trajectory with the aim of shaping a youth narrative on inclusive governance for young people in East Africa and establishing the “Elected Youth Leaders Peer Review Mechanism”.

08:55 - 09:00
Official opening: East African Community Anthem
Speaker: CAC & Wika Band
Venue: EAC HQ - Arusha, Main hall, Villa Rosa Kempinski, & virtually
09:00 - 09:20
Theme Exposition on Shaping a New African Narrative for Youth Leadership and Policy Alternatives in a Changing Development Context
Speaker: - Brian Kagoro, Open Society Foundation
Venue: EAC HQ - Arusha, Main hall
09:25 - 10:15
Opening Statements
Speaker: Abella Bateyunga, Summit Director 2020 (5 mins)
Venue: EAC HQ - Arusha, Main hall, Villa Rosa Kempinski, & virtually
10:15 -10:35
Unveiling YouLead Key Milestones for 2020 - The East African Youth Manifesto - the East Africa We Want
Speaker: EAC Youth Ambassadors & H.E. Jakaya M. Kikwete, Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania
Venue: EAC HQ - Arusha, Main hall, Villa Rosa Kempinski, & virtually
10:35-10:50
Health Break & Group Photo (15 mins)
10:50-12:05
The Intergenerational Dialogue on Leadership, Policies and Results for Youth
Speaker: H.E. Jakaya M. Kikwete, Former President, United Republic of Tanzania
Venue: EAC HQ - Arusha, Main hall, Villa Rosa Kempinski, & virtually
12:05 -13:05
Lunch break
13:05 - 14:05
Policy Makers & Development Partners online Roundtable (Virtual Town Hall) on Working with Youth in the East African Community
Speaker: Julius Korir, Principal Secretary, State Department for Youth, Republic of Kenya
14:05 -14:20
Health break
14:20 - 15:35
The Gender Equality Forum: Young Women Mobilizing towards Goal 5 (Agenda 2030) and Aspiration 6 (Agenda 2063)
Speaker: Ritah Muyambo, Program Specialist, Civil Society Divison, Youth and Faith Engagement; UN Women
19:00 – 22:00
Fireside chat with H.E. Jakaya M. Kikwete
Speaker: H.E. Jakaya M. Kikwete
Tuesday 24th November 2020

Youth at the Center of Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention (including countering Violent Extremism)

Debate and dialogue focused on interrogating the prevailing political trajectory with the aim of shaping a youth narrative on inclusive governance for young people in East Africa and establishing the “Elected Youth Leaders Peer Review Mechanism”.

09:00 - 10:00
Opening Remarks
Speaker: Emmanuel Saulo, YouLead Country Coordinator (5mins)
Venue: Juba, South Sudan, EAC HQ & Virtually
10:00 - 11:15
Juba, South Sudan, EAC HQ & Virtually
Speaker: Petrider Paul, African Union Youth Advisory Board member
11:15 -11:30
Health break
Venue: Juba, South Sudan, EAC HQ & Virtually
11:30 - 12:30
Virtual Town Hall
14:30- 16:50
High Value breakout sessions
Speaker: 16 Days of Activism: From awareness to activism Youth Line Forum (online)
Wednesday 25th November 2020

“Accelerating Economic Opportunities and Decent Work for Youth” The East African Youth Enterprise Awards

Debate and dialogue focused on interrogating the prevailing political trajectory with the aim of shaping a youth narrative on inclusive governance for young people in East Africa and establishing the “Elected Youth Leaders Peer Review Mechanism”.

09:00 - 10:15
Opening Remarks
Speaker: Diana Ninsiima, Country Director, Digital Opportunity Trust, Tanzania
Venue: EAC Headquarters - Arusha, Bujumbura, Kigali, and virtually
10:15 - 11:35
Exposition: Demystifying the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA): What it means to Africa’s Young People’s needs and Aspirations
Speaker: Expositor: Dr Joy Kategekwa, Strategic Adviser to the Assistant Administrator and Regional Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Venue: EAC Headquarters - Arusha, Bujumbura, Kigali, and virtually
11:35 - 12:00
Health break
12:00 – 13:00
Multi-stakeholder dialogue for addressing policy hindrances and capacity constraints that youth business leaders face in undertaking national and regional cross-border
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch break
14:00 – 15:00
Roundtable: High-Level Young CEO’s Roundtable on the enabling environment for youth led businesses in the East African Community: Helping and hindering factors for doing business
Speaker: Chairperson, National Itorero Commission, Rwanda
15:00 – 16:00
Dare to Change East Africa, Youth Enterprise Awards Pitches
16:00 – 17:00
Afternoon High value workshops
Speaker: 1. Role of Pan- Africa Movement in engaging youth for future leadership • Chairman, Pan-African Movement, Rwanda Chapter
19:00 – 22:00
Gala Night - Youth Enterprise Awards (YEA)
Speaker: East Africa Youth Enterprise Awards Gala night dinner and awards ceremony
Venue: MS TCDC. Arusha, Tanzania
Thursday 26th November

YouLead Post-Summit Agenda Development

Debate and dialogue focused on interrogating the prevailing political trajectory with the aim of shaping a youth narrative on inclusive governance for young people in East Africa and establishing the “Elected Youth Leaders Peer Review Mechanism”.

09:30 - 10:30
Introduction to Post - Summit Agenda 1-
Speaker: Stella Agara, Kamala Dickson, Angela Francis
Venue: MS TCDC
10:30 – 12:00
Breakout Session: Country Brainstorming: Post summit strategy and action plan
Speaker: Beatrice Marandu and Alfred Kiwuyo - YouLead team (Tanzania),
Venue: MS TCDC & Virtually across East Africa
19:00 – 23:00
Cultural night & music
Friday, 27th November

Vijana Assembly & Session on Countering violent extremism

Debate and dialogue focused on interrogating the prevailing political trajectory with the aim of shaping a youth narrative on inclusive governance for young people in East Africa and establishing the “Elected Youth Leaders Peer Review Mechanism”.

09:00 – 13:00
East African Youth Parliament – Vijana Assembly
Speaker: East African Legislative Assembly, Faraja Africa Foundation, YouLead, and Partners
Venue: Kampala Uganda, MS TCDC, and Virtually
14:00 – 15:30
Session with Facebook London - Tools available for Youth to address counter violent extremism
Speaker: Lawrence Muli, Policy Manager on Counterterrorism & Dangerous Organizations Policy

2020 YouLead Milestones – expected outcomes

  • Inspire United Nations, African Union and other regional intergovernmental bodies to commit themselves to observe and support the upscaling of YouLead’s Youth Engagement Model at the continental level
  • Establish the first ever “Youth Leaders Performance Peer Review Conference” as mechanism for holding youth leaders accountable to themselves and the youth constituents they represent
  • Unveiling the YES Passport – Africa’s largest online jobs platform bringing together youth seeking jobs and employers offering work opportunities on a single platform code named “Jobs without Borders”
  • Launch of the East African Community Youth Governance Architecture Report of the “Status of Youth in East Africa” on youth voices, participation and representation in leadership and development processes across the EAC
  • Host the flagship Youth Enterprise Awards - to support Covid-19 resilient and responsive youth-led business innovations while contributing towards enhancing youth participation in the implementation of the SDG’s
  • Launch the flagship “East African Youth Manifesto” based on the “Status of Youth in East Africa” report positioning youth to influence political debate and campaign ahead of the next round of elections across the EAC
  • Unveil the plan for the flagship East African Youth Leadership, Development and Mentorship Program, and Fellowship Fund.

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If you lead, I lead, we lead together

The YouLead slogan

Call for partners

A call for partners is currently active, grab your spot now.

Early bird expressions of interest

Closes on 30th October

Late expressions of interest

Closes on 15th November

Partner With Us

Foreseeable key costs

  • Purchase of custom virtual conferencing platform
  • Partnership with major TV (1 per country) for live streaming
  • Support to National command centres
  • Digital divide-bridging requirements (rural summit centers)
  • Delegate sponsorship especially for upcountry qualified delegates
  • Human resource requirements (operational and technical expertise)

Partnership Roles

At the regional and country level, the selected partner organizations will work with the YouLead Secretariat, YouLead Consortium members, relevant government agencies and departments, EAC Youth Ambassadors and YouLead Action Networks in their respective countries to co-create and co-host pre-summit activities and the regional summit. Among other roles, partners are expected to:

  • Co-plan, support and co-facilitate pre-summit activities and events with YouLead Consortium members, relevant government agencies and departments, EAC Youth Ambassadors and YouLead Action Networks in the respective country
  • Support in planning and execution of the annual YouLead Summit
  • Support in planning and implementation of alumni engagement activities at the national level such as regular meetups and any other interesting ideas one can come up with.

Ways to partner with us

At national level
  • Contribute toward the overall YouLead National pre-summit budget
  • Organize or sponsor a forum, workshop, seminar at YouLead National Pre-summit events
  • Sponsor-selected or nominated delegates for YouLead National Pre-summit events
  • Purchase exhibition space at the YouLead National Pre-summit events
At regional level
  • Contribute toward the overall YouLead Summit budget or sponsor a budget line
  • Sponsor a Forum planned at the You Lead Summit
  • Organise a forum/workshop/seminar at YouLead Summit
  • Sponsor a sub-theme session at YouLead Summit
  • Sponsor selected or your own nominated Summit delegates
  • Sponsor overall Youth Enterprise Awards (YEA) budget
  • Sponsor a Youth Enterprise Award Nominee

Sponsorship packages

Delegates (Regional)

$ 900

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.

SPONSOR

Delegates (National)

$ 900

Per Delegate
  • Conference facilities
  • Virtual conferencing needs
  • Doctors on call
  • Covid-19 prevention standard operating kits

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

SPONSOR

Speakers & Mentors

$ 900

Per Delegate
  • Speaker honorarium
  • Air travel where applicable
  • Full conference facilities
  • Covid-19 prevention standard operating kits
  • Full board accommodation for delegates forming a limited physical audience at the regional summit centre

Who to expect at YouLead Summit - the must-not-miss-out players

YouLead Summit attracts participation of political leaders, business leaders, government officials, development partners, delegations from regional, continental and multilateral institutions, CSO’s, artists, media and youth-led networks, movements, think tanks and thought leaders delivering as one. Delegations are expected from the following:

  • National Parliaments – Youth Members of Parliament
  • Government representatives from youth related government departments
  • Representatives from the government departments responsible for international cooperation
  • Representatives from inter-governmental bodies such as AU, IGAD, SADC, COMESA, EAC
  • Representatives from the East African Legislative Assembly
  • Faith based inter-religious councils if applicable in your context
  • Youth leaders of ages between 18 – 35 years will specifically be targeted
  • Aspiring and youth politicians at national and regional level
  • Members of the National Youth Councils
  • Youth Leaders of Civil society organizations
  • Youth Leaders of private sector and social enterprises

Our Story

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.

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

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.