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YALDA provides a forum for youth on the African continent and those abroad with a commitment to the welfare of Africa. By networking with professionals, mentors and each other, members will increase their capacity to take on positive leadership roles in their universities, countries and on the continent. Through YALDA, members will implement their short and long-term visions for Africa.

YALDA is a networking organization that is truly Africa branded : "By Africans, For Africa!".
YALDA is a non-profit international organization that was established in order to create a resourceful networking database for those with a strong interest in Africa. The network is centered around YALDA branches, primarily at African universities, and serves to increase the capacity of youth in Africa for developing positive leadership skills and to espouse an honest work ethic.
  • A group encouraging youth participation in community work.
  • A network of extensive human-resources.
  • A forum for ground-level, youth-based solutions for Africa.
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Over 3000 young people are infected with HIV every day. Only 1 in 3 young people have full knowledge of how HIV is transmitted.

World leaders will meet on AIDS at the UN headquarters in New York 8-10 June 2011. Time has come for them to act. Add your name to this Call to Action:

Young people need access to HIV prevention and treatment services now!

What about HIV?

We are a global movement of young social and HIV activists, entrepreneurs, peer educators and youth ambassadors representing over 70 nations.
Established at the Global Youth Summit on HIV, Bamako, Mali, we forge a movement of young people on HIV. We are a vibrant network, a new generation of young activists committed to creating a world with zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

Join this social revolution, endorse this Call for Action, mobilize your networks, and help create real impact in this movement.Contact

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National Youth Council of Namibia

The National Youth Council of Namibia was established in March 1994 to address the challenges, opportunities and obstacles facing young people in Namibia and to foster among the Namibian youth a spirit of national identity, a sense of unity and self respect, as well as in depth awarness of social, economic, political, educational and cultural prospects and adversities .

Aims and Objectives

  • To foster among the Namibian youth a spirit of national identity, a sense of unity and self respect, as well as in depth awarness of social, economic, political, educational and cultural prospects and adversities.
  • To develop the inherit abilities and capabilites of young people both individually and collectivelly.
  •  To pursue advocacy role with regard to the rights and opportunities for the youth with physical and mental disabilities.
  • To popularize and advocate the concept of gender equality among the youth.
  • To encourage literacy and artistic activities among the youth.
  • To establish and maintain relations with international youth bodies and national youth structures in other countries.
  •  To mobilize funds both locally and internationally for the course of youth development.
  •  To initiate youth development projects and activities with the aim of ecouraging the active participation of the youth in the process of self empowerment.  
  • To pursue advocacy role with regard to the rights and opportunities for the youth with physical and mental disabilities. 
  • To facilitate implementation, monitor and evaluate youth development programs.
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Liberia’s foremost youth activist, Kimmie Weeks has told 5,000 delegates attending the World Ventures International Convention in Las Vegas Nevada that Africa is “open and ready for business and investments.” Mr. Weeks, who served as keynote speaker for this international conference told his audience that Africa’s rapidly growing economy offered investors incredible opportunity for high returns on investment and for new markets...

While outlining the problems faced by Africa, Weeks closed his speech on a positive note and pointed out that the resilience of Africa and Africans was a key factor driving the growth of the continent. “There is a great deal of hope and resilience across the continent,” Weeks told his audience. He also pointed out economic indicators to support his call to investors by highlighting that on the whole African countries were experiencing rapidly growing GDPs, low inflation, and major increases in capital investments and returns. He also encouraged the World Ventures Company to explore starting to offer tours to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ghana. He proudly pronounced: “I can tell you for a fact that much of the beaches across the continent are like paradise on earth.”

The 5,000 delegates from around the United States and over 19 countries had gathered to attend a three day conference called the World Ventures International. World Ventures is a Texas based lifestyle company engaged in marketing travel-related products and high-end luxury tours at discount prices. Later this month, Kimmie Weeks will address the World Forum on Early Childhood Development in Honolulu, Hawaii and is expected to call for major reforms to pre-primary education in Liberia.
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Shuga Episode 1 from mtv staying alive on Vimeo.

Shuga is a hard hitting 3-part drama series that follows the lives and loves of a group of cool young students whose bright lives and fabulous futures are balanced on a knife edge due to their love of risk and danger. It’s a story of love, sex, Friday nights and the indelible marks we leave on one another. Shuga tells the story of Ayira, a modern girl who knows exactly what she wants and what she’ll do to get it; but will her passion for an older man come at the expense of long term soul mate Ty? Running parallel is the Romeo and Juliet style love story of Virginia and Leo – while the two are destined to be together, will they be able to get past the obstacles that stand in their way? Shuga is based in Nairobi, Kenya; in the heart of East Africa.

Shuga explores the issues of sexual relationships among urban youth against a background of continuing HIV/AIDS infections. It examines the ramifications of sexual decisions on the lives of young people and their partners and loved ones. The drama format is a powerful medium to put across important lifestyle messages to educate and engage young people.

Shuga Episode 2 from mtv staying alive on Vimeo.

Shuga Episode 3 from mtv staying alive on Vimeo.

About MTV Ignite Shuga

Brand new from the MTV Staying Alive stables is a new campaign that challenges young people to ignite a movement to change their sexual behaviour, and turn previously held norms on their heads to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS specifically in Kenya, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine. This campaign, under MTV’s award winning global HIV/AIDS campaign, Staying Alive, will address sexual networks, multiple partners, drug use and living with HIV, all in the context of national cultures and norms.

Kicking off all campaigns are explosive dramas in the three countries, all locally shot and produced, that will take a microscopic lens into the lives of young people who could be you, your best friends, your cousins or just random people you want to invite into your homes. You’ll love them, you’ll hate them, and you’ll want to see how their stories end.

Cast include: Lupita Nyong’o, Tumisho Masha, Antony Mwangi, Nicholas Munene Mutuma, Valerie Kimani, David Omwange, Pepe Haze, Sharon Mina Olago and  Eva Kanyangonda

Youth And The African Union

The Youth Division under the Department of Human Resource Science & Technology (HRST) is the body responsible for youth related issues within the African Union Commission (AUC)

This Division is in charge addresses issues

-Youth policy development, participation & capacity building
- Legal framework development : African Youth Charter
- Institutional framework regarding youth
- Decisions and events to be implemented
- Partnership & resource mobilization

Kenyan Youth Mapping Kibera

Kibera slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, is one of the largest in Africa, but it remains out of bounds for most of the world. It is also one of the continent's most dangerous slums and there are no maps of the area, which makes it easy to get lost in the maze of winding alleyways. But young people in Kibera are now taking it upon themselves to map their home. They have created the first free and openly available digital map.

 Small Holders Farmers Rural Radio Farm 98.0FM Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu

"Our goal is to reach farmers with timely, relevant and well adapted information in agriculture, environment and market access in their different local languages....content should be specific to their challenges."

Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu from Nigeria is  a Rolex Young Laureate having won the coveted award for his rural development organization, the Smallholders Foundation. Founded in 2003, the Smallholders Foundation mission is to tackle extreme poverty and hunger among rural small farmers by boosting small scale agricultural production, the only way to kick start and support self sustaining growth and employment in rural areas. The Rolex Award will be used to scale up their radio outreach initiatives by the foundation which currently broadcasts 10 hours daily to 250,000 listeners on Smallholders Farmers Rural Radio to reach 90 million small farmers listeners all over Nigeria.

 William Kamkwamba-The Energy Within

William Kamkwamba was born August 5, 1987 in Dowa, Malawi, and grew up on his family farm in Masitala Village, Wimbe, two and half hours northeast of Malawi’s capital city. The second eldest of Trywell and Agnes Kamkwamba’s seven children, William has six sisters.
William was educated at Wimbe Primary School, completing 8th grade and was then accepted to Kachokolo secondary school. Due to severe famine in 2001, his family lacked the funds to pay the $80 in annual school fees and William was forced to drop out of school a few months into his freshman year. For five years he was unable to go to school. 

Windmill and other projects:Starting at 14, rather than accept his fate, William started borrowing books from a small community lending library located at his former primary school. He borrowed an 8th grade American textbook called Using Energy, which depicted wind turbines on its cover. He decided to build a windmill to power his family’s home and obviate the need for kerosene, which provided only smoky, flickering, distant and expensive light after dark. First he built a prototype using a radio motor, then his initial 5-meter windmill out of a broken bicycle, tractor fan blade, old shock absorber, and blue gum trees. After hooking the windmill to a car battery for storage, William was able to power four light bulbs and charge neighbors’ mobile phones. This system was even equipped with homemade light switches and a circuit breaker made from nails, wire, and magnets. The windmill was later extended to 12 meters to better catch the wind above the trees. A third windmill pumped grey water for irrigation.

Subsequent projects have included clean water, malaria prevention, solar power and lighting for the six homes in his family compound; a deep water well with a solar powered pump for clean water, a drip irrigation system, and the outfitting of the village team Wimbe United with their first ever uniforms and shoes. Since receiving their sun and wind-themed uniforms, the team has been on a winning streak that has brought the village together with pride. 

The windmill project drew many visitors from kilometers around, including Dr. Hartford Mchazime, Ph.D., the deputy director of the MTTA, the Malawian NGO responsible for the community library. Mchazime brought press, including The Malawi Daily Times, who wrote a long story. Soyapi Mumba and Mike McKay, engineers at Baobab Health Partnership in Malawi blogged about the article, and news of William’s inventions reached Emeka Okafor, program director for TEDGlobal, a prestigious gathering of thinkers and innovators. Okafor searched quite diligently to find William and invite him to the conference as a fellow. William’s presentation led to additional mentors, donors, and companies supporting his education and further projects.

Currently: Student at Dartmouth College pursuing engineering degree.

Book: William has finished his autobiography The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope with co-author Bryan Mealer (author of All Things Must Fight to Live, his reportage of the war in Democratic Republic of Congo). William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins will publish the book worldwide September 29, 2009.

Media: Kamkwamba was profiled on the front page of The Wall Street Journal December 8, 2007, as well in major articles in The Malawi Daily Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, La Repubblica, Banker Magazine (Financial Times, UK), a special Africa issue of L’Uomo Vogue and myriad blog posts on sites such as Boing Boing, Worldchanging and Treehugger, and his blog has been featured on the front page of news aggregators such as Digg and Reddit.

Interests: writing books, farming, the internet, ipods, computers, education, mobile phones, action movies, windmills, wind energy, solar power, irrigation, lighting, low-power lighting, digital cameras and camcorders, helping my family, animals and wildlife documentaries, Heroes, 24, Prison Break, and LOST.


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