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• TORCHBEARER FOR INNOVATION

• BUILDING SELF-BELIEF AND CONFIDENCE AMONG AFRICANS

CONSERVE THE CONTINENT AND ITS BIODIVERSITY

• PROMOTE AN UNDERSTANDING OF OUR COMPLEX HISTORY

• MAKE INFORMATION ACCESSIBLE

• TORCHBEARER FOR INNOVATION

• BUILDING SELF-BELIEF AND CONFIDENCE AMONG AFRICANS

CONSERVE THE CONTINENT AND ITS BIODIVERSITY

• PROMOTE AN UNDERSTANDING OF OUR COMPLEX HISTORY

• MAKE INFORMATION ACCESSIBLE

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African Youth 2020 Survey Results

The IFF launched the African Youth Survey in 2020, providing governments, the private sector and civil society with insights into the aspirations, motivations and viewpoints of Africa’s youth. The findings are evidence-based understandings of Africa’s young adults, providing decisionmakers with the data and analysis to inform policy development. Countries in sub- Saharan Africa have some of the youngest populations in the world, with over 70% of the region’s population aged below 30.

The inaugural survey is the largest of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa – and captures the feelings and attitudes of the region’s largest demographic: youth. Countries represented include those from East, West and Southern Africa, representing both Anglo- and Francophone countries.

The African Youth Survey is an insight into a generation which is optimistic about the future of the African continent, yet mindful of the challenges it faces. An ‘Afro-optimism’ is flourishing among young Africans, who value entrepreneurship and individual responsibility, and are positive about the future of their continent.

The Survey provides a new understanding of this “Afro-optimism”, where Africa is seen as capable of solving it’s problems. Young Africans believe we are witnessing the ‘African Century’ and are hopeful that in the-not-too-far future we will eradicate corruption, achieve peace, and improve personal living conditions.

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The voices of our ancestors greet you when you are in Africa; Welcome home, siyanemukel ekhaya (IsiZulu), welkom tuis (Afrikaans), kuwakaribisha (Swahili), re a ho amohela hea (SeSotho). Hear their call as a warm welcome to the birthplace of mankind. There is a universal connection here, to humanity, to our Ubuntu. From a checkered past of adversity and hard-ship, it’s the people of Africa that make this continent what it is; they tell a story of triumph of the human spirit and the power of human beings to forge new beginnings from the ashes of injustice and build a future based on equality and democracy. When you are on this continent you will be awed by our infrastructure, bedazzled by our beauty and humbled by our people and you will know what it means to say: “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE”. At the heart of our common humanity, is our instinct to forge an environment in which we can thrive and flourish.

Democracy provides the environment for this. But, democracy is not simply elections - our power to vote for the people who make decisions is important; but that is not where our agency ends. We must work tirelessly, every day to craft our society in a way that is just, equitable and dignified. And I commit to this. I pledge to building citizens for action through inspiration, insight and sustainability

• TORCHBEARER FOR INNOVATION

• BUILDING SELF-BELIEF AND CONFIDENCE AMONG AFRICANS

CITIZENSHIP

Advancing and building the institutions and practice of democracy

PROJECTS

PROMOTE AN UNDERSTANDING OF OUR COMPLEX HISTORY •

MAKE INFORMATION ACCESSIBLE •

HERITAGE

Creation of the AFRICAN ORAL HISTORY ARCHIVE, a heritage portal designed to create a history that will be accessible in perpetuity.

• CONSERVE THE CONTINENT AND ITS BIODIVERSITY

CONSERVATION

Promoting personal, communal, and corporate best practice in matters affecting the environment

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September 15, 2020

On International Day Of Democracy, The ‘Democratic Experiment’ In Jeopardy – African Youth Divided Over Democracy Versus Stability In Governance, Survey Finds

On the International Day of Democracy, results from a multinational survey suggest that sub-Saharan Africa’s young people are startlingly, evenly split – 48% – 48% – divided over whether democracy or stability (economically stable, one-party states) is more important for the future well-being of the continent. The study reveals that political failure and subsequently high levels of disillusionment in governance to bring about necessary change bodes the potential to make this generation vulnerable to autocracy.

PRESS RELEASE

September 2, 2020

Facebook Least Trusted Source Of News For Young Africans

According to a recent study, more than half (53%) of young Africans don’t trust Facebook, a troubling indicator for the social media giant as it pertains to the world’s fastest-growing online marketplace, speaking directly to the negative effects of “fake news” breaking out across the continent.

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July 17, 2020

Mandela biggest influence for Africa’s youth, survey says

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July 14, 2020

The Youth Has Its Say – Africa Youth Survey 2020

PRESS RELEASE

July 17, 2020

Mandela’s impact remains the most significant on the lifetime of Africa’s youth but their future will be shaped by Trump, Gates and Zuckerberg

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June 16, 2020

Youth Day: South Africa’s Youth Are Concerned About Democracy, Sexism, Corruption, Jobs, Basic Services, Illegal Poaching

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June 25, 2020

Pride Month: LGBTQ Rights Facing Uphill Struggle In Africa

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May 25, 2020

Johannesburg, South Africa, May 25th, 2020 – While Africa Day (May 25th), the official day of the African Union (AU) marking intercontinental unity, takes place solemnly in 2020 on the backdrop of the continued outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), a recent study of Africa’s youth has showcased  continent-wide resiliency, institutional trust, cohesion and collective ‘Afro-Optimism’ in facing the challenges ahead.

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May 3, 2020

Meet the Dogs of War — four-legged soldiers on the frontlines of the fight to protect wildlife. With unconventional tactics and incredible training– this dedicated canine unit is changing the game both on the ground and around the world. 

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April 21, 2020

90% Of Africa’s Youth Are Concerned About The Spread Of Infectious Diseases

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April 22, 2020

Climate Change, Water Scarcity And Plastic Waste Are Top Concerns For African Youth, Survey Shows

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February 20, 2020

Largest of its kind Youth Survey reveals rising Afro-Optimism and Afro-Capability driven by entrepreneurship, post-colonial mindset, digital technologies and shared African identity

  • 48% choose stable governments over democracy
  • 75% feel they positively change their communities through their work
  • 79% believe that Wi-Fi access should be a fundamental human right
  • 67% say ‘fake news’ is impacting their ability to stay informed
  • Donald Trump, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are the leaders who will have the greatest impact over the next five years