Ibrahim Forum 2012

THE Forum

On Sunday 11th November, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation hosted the 2012 Ibrahim Forum with the topic focusing on Youth and Governance in Africa. This was broken down in to three core themes which were discussed by a diversity of high-level panel members; and covered key factors that pose a challenge to the economic and social development of Africa’s youth population:

Education - African youth are better educated but have few employment prospects compared to their parents. On the continent, too many African young people are neither employed, nor studying, nor looking for a job. What needs to be done to increase the competitiveness of African youth within the global market?

Employment and Economic Outlook - Africa has become an important player within the global economic system, with Sub-Saharan Africa showing higher growth prospects than the global average. Meanwhile, the financial crisis and tech development are impacting the shape of the global job market. How will this impact on youth employment prospects? 

Youth Civic Participation - The continental average age is 20 years old and the average age of African leaders is 62. Electoral absenteeism has been rising among African youth. How committed are policy makers to listening to and including African youth in policy decisions?

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation also released a highly valuable data report to feed in to the Forum discussions, structured around the three key themes. This report is essential reading for all those interested in reframing the so-called youth bulge as an asset, rather than a liability.

To view the complete Forum programme, your can read the detail here.

Youth Involvement

Restless Youth and Mo Ibrahim
Restless Development brought the voices of African youth to the Forum. We took a Youth Delegation to participate in the Forum, and gathered input from young people from across the continent via facebook and the livestream to ensure that their perspectives and realities fed into this high-level discussion forum.

To find out more about the Youth Delegation's views on the Forum themes, and our experience of the 2012 Ibrahim Forum, have a read of our stories:

MEET THE DELEGATION

Our 15 Youth Delegates and 5 Youth Communicators represented each corner of the continent (North, South, East and West) and all came from a diverse range of life experiences and social, economic and cultural backgrounds:

Youth delegates

Adam Abraham
Adam Abraham
21, Tanzania

Very active student who is working on livelihoods issues in Tanzania. Adam has lots of great ideas about the role that entrepreneurship has to play in addressing youth unemployment in his country, and the need for more vocational training at an early age. AISEC volunteer, and has set up a small tshirts company to fund his education.

Angel Mwaipopo
Angel Mwaipopo
24, Tanzania

Working with the livelihoods team in East Africa to develop an online platform which will connect unemployed youth with potential future employers and job openings aimed at young people. Lots of grassroots experience and plenty of stories to tell!

 

 

Aviwe Mboyiya
Aviwe Mboyiya
21, South Africa

At the beginning of her path to support youth-led development in South Africa. Very connected at the grassroots level, with heaps of passion and lots of ideas about how to address education issues on the ground.

 

 

Christabel Machila
Christabel Machila
26, Zambia

 

Very involved in research and evaluation with the Restless Development team in Zambia - has lots of knowledge on the national situation for young people, and really keen to learn from others across the continent.

Fedi Bahri
Fedi Bahri
27, Tunisia

Disability rights campaigner from Tunisia who has experienced strong discrimination in the workplace for being deaf. Fedi has since been building relationships between Ministry for Employment, unemployed youth with disabilities and potential future employers. He will be accompanied by his interpreter - Houssem Aloui.

Imane Benjelloun
Imane Benjelloun
20, Morocco

Energetic Marketing student from Morocco engaged in multiple youth-development initiatives in Morocco. Focus areas include HIV/AIDS, climate change, sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship for young people. Hopes to set up an organic farm to hire unemployed youth and re-strengthen agricultural sector in her country.

James Ochan Amos
James Ochan Amos
29, South Sudan

Strong disability rights campaigner from South Sudan who believes passionately in the role young people can play in governance, having been so inspired by the role of youth during the revolution in Sudan to create an independent state of South Sudan. Also discrimated for his mobility impairment.

Joel Bamwise
Joel Bamwise
21, Uganda

Very passionate about addressing poverty and injustice amongst the youth in Uganda. Has been hugely active in employment and livelihoods work at a local community level, having volunteered as a peer educator with Restless and started his own NGO called Implementers Uganda.

Kaddijatou Manneh
Kaddijatou Manneh
21, The Gambia

Young development worker from The Gambia who is keen to learn new lessons from across the region to help address issues relating to Education and Employment for youth at home.

 

Lilly Mensah
Lilly Mensah
23, Ghana

A very talented ghanian youth advocate and reporter with strong knowledge on the current situation at home for young people. Has struggled to make the voice of youth heard in the media in Ghana and is passionate about strengthening youth inclusion in society, particularly those with disabilities.

Mthulisi Moyo
Mthulisi Moyo
26, Zimbabwe

Passionate about uniting a strong, skilled and knowledgeable network of young people in Africa to address developmental issues that affect them the most. Has carried out lots of livelihoods training with youth in Zimbabwe and has lots of ideas to share.

Prince Wilondja
Prince Wilondja
24, DRC

Highly creative youth worker who has started his own ice cream company to find work for young people who are victims of conflict in the DRC. V passionate on issues of sustainable development and youth representation in decision-making.

 

Yeabsira Bogale
Yeabsira Bogale
23, Ethiopia

Experienced young advocate and youth worker from Ethiopia who is working hard to raise the under-represented voice of ethiopian youth. V knowledgeable on the socio-economic picture, and already has lots of advocacy work under her belt!

 

Yves Ghislain
Yves Ghislain
24, Senegal

Young senegalese youth 'Activista' who is passionately working on youth sexual health issues. Very excited to see that the Forum will be taking place in his country, as he feels strongly that Senegalese Youth have a lot to give.

 

Zoneziwoh Mbundgulo
Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo
27, Cameroon

Very passionate advocate and youth campaigner working to raise the profile of youth-led development in Cameroon. A skilled communicator and very knowledgeable on the socio-economic picture in her country right now.

 

Youth Communicators

Alfred Muteru Ndumo
Alfred Muteru Ndumo
27, Kenya
- East Africa

Hugely knowledgeable on the social, political and economic picture across the continent, with a particular interest in the power of the African youth diaspora to input in to the future of their respective nations. Working at the African Leadership Centre with a focus on security issues.

 

Doudou Kajangu
Doudou Kajangu
29, DRC
- Central Africa

Great online skills with an engaging personal blog that deals with youth-facing issues in DRC at the moment, particularly on areas of post-conflict development, sexual and reproductive health, and employment and education.

 

Funso Bukoye
Funso Bukoye
24, Nigeria
- West Africa

An emerging young journalist from Nigeria who has been blowing the trumpet for the youth for several years now, and has built a wide network and good reputation for her work. 

 

 

Hend Sallam
Hend Sallam
22, Egypt
- North Africa

 

Young Egyptian blogger and journalist who is greatly interested in the role young people have played in the Arab spring across the north of Africa. Experienced in communicating around conferences and v active on Twitter.

 

Isaac Mwaipopo
Isaac Mwaipopo
24, Zambia
- Southern Africa

 

An excellent young communicator with radio and journalistic experience, and lots of work in the field on livelihoods projects to boot! Keen to hear from others experiences to help him contribute to improved approaches in Zambia.

 

Staff & Facilitators

Richard Wanzala 
Richard Wanzala
Uganda

Facilitator - Training, Forum Support and Debrief

 

 

 

Primrose Manyalo
Primrose Manyalo
Zimbabwe

Facilitator - Training, Forum Support and Debrief

 

 

 

 

Hannah Smith
Hannah Smith
UK

Facilitator & Project Officer

 

 

 

 

Victoria Forsgate
Victoria Forsgate
UK

Facilitator & Project Manager

 

 

 

 

Ababacar Kante
Ababacar Kante
Senegal

Facilitator - Translation Support