"We will have time to reach the Millennium Development Goals-worldwide and in most, or even all, individual countries – but only if we break with business as usual." Kofi Annan


Africa Commission


Africa Commission

As you might know, an international, high level Africa Commission has been established with the aim of presenting new, innovative and very concrete strategies to improve international development cooperation with Africa, focusing on youth and employment. Important sub-themes are education, women's role in development, economic growth and climate change. It is the ambition, that the Commission can rejuvenate the political willingness to improve the effectiveness of international development cooperation with Africa.
The Commission is composed of 18 members and includes the President of Tanzania, the Prime Minister of Mozambique, the Director of the World Bank, the President of the African Development Bank, high-level representatives from, inter alia, the UN, the African Union, ECOWAS and the EU as well as leading academics and the private sector. The majority of the members are from Africa. The Prime Minister of Denmark is Chairman of the Commission, which has been initiated by the Danish Government.

The fist thematic conference about education took place in Ouagadougou on 16 June, and between now and late October four more conferences will be staged. Here the grass roots, youth representatives, the NGO's and representatives from civil society will meet to discuss specific challenges in creating a prosperous future for the youth of Africa. Later a youth forum and several workshops will be arranged.

It is the ambition of the Africa Commission to start an international debate about the future of Africa and to put Africa higher on the international agenda.

You can help us do that - and you can be part of it yourself. All you have to do is this:
·        Visit the Africa Commission website:

Recognizing young business leaders in Africa



March 10, 2008       The African Regional Youth Initiative has partnered with Top30Under30 to celebrate the best entrepreneurs under 30 in Africa. From October 21-25, 2008 over 400 participants will come together in Calabar, Nigeria to share and build on innovative ideas addressing challenging issues on the continent.

The event will bring together the most respectable, influential and impressive visionaries, builders and business leaders in Africa. A documentary, exhibition and other attractions will also be unveiled. Thirty selected award winners will receive prizes including US$10,000 and priceless connections to the African business community.

For more information about this event or the nomination process, go to



Africa-Europe Youth Summit
The Africa-Europe Youth Summit, organized by the initiative of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, took place in Lisbon (Portugal), from 5 to 7 December 2007. Participants included 250 youth representatives of Europe and Africa and 60 observers, representing governments, regional and international organizations and media.
The final declaration was delivered to the Heads of State during the 2nd EU-Africa Summit (Lisbon, 8-9 December 2007). For more information, please go to:
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