On August 8th, 2012, African Youth & Governance Conference, a three-day conference dubbed “Partnership for Job Creation: A Wheel for Transformational Governance,” was attended by 250 delegates from 31 African countries and Australia to dialogue on issues relating to youth unemployment and sustainability.  The focus was to come up with workable models towards addressing such issues. Addressing the opening ceremony, Dr Anthony Cudjoe, Chief Executive Officer of Emerging Leaders Africa, an NGO, bemoaned the rate at which the youth, after graduating from various educational institutions crave for “prestigious” jobs even when there were none available.

AYG Conference attendees pose for the annual picture, representing over 31 African Countries and Australia.

Dr. Cudjoe challenged the youth to take advantage of opportunities available in their various countries and venture into entrepreneurship instead of solely depending on government for employment.

Mr Seth Oteng, Executive Director, Youth Bridge Foundation expressed his appreciation at the youth‘s commitment towards governance in Africa, as well as their desire to join Ghanaians to mourn the late President Mills.   He said the late President Mills had left a legacy that should be carried on, especially in the area of addressing issues of youth unemployment.   An African Youth Heritage Festival was held in climax of the conference in honour of the memory of the late President Mills at the National Theatre in Accra.
With a multi-sectoral Government of Ghana support through the Presidency, Ministries of Youth and Sports, Foreign Affairs, Interior and Parliament as well as UNFPA¸ UNECA (ICT Division), NEWMONT and strong media partnership, AYG-Conference has gained international recognition with heightened interest by the UN Agencies.
IDEAS Regional Director for Africa, Emmanuel Marfo, coordinated the conference and shared IDEAS focus areas with some delegate. Through our partner Global Alliance for Development Foundation (GADeF), the key action projects reached at the panel discussions and conclusions in the communiqué will be created into a long term relationship with IDEAS and the Youth Bridge Foundation’s African Youth and Governance Community.

IDEAS leaders plan during the AYG conference

The IDEAS Ghana team, namely  Miranda Quaino (Project Coordinator), Roberta Odei (Media Assistant) and Sa-ada Sadique (the National Chapters Coordinator) were present to share their initiatives and ideas for creating the future we want!