Call for Expressions of Interest for Organisations to Host National Youth Symposiums
About the YouLead Summit
The East Africa Youth Leadership Summit, abbreviated as YouLead has been organised since 2017 in line with the provisions of the East African Community (EAC) Youth Policy (2016) priority 14 which mandates the EAC Secretariat to build networks and partnerships to, ‘Institute an annual youth leaders’ forum with the EAC Secretary General as a regional platform for youth engagement with the EAC leadership.’ In 2017 YouLead summit brought together approximately 250 youth leaders and supporters within government, NGO and business organisations from across the East African region.
In 2017, a post –summit survey was conducted. The survey results indicate 100% of the participants were fully satisfied with the objectives and activities of the summit; 83.9% reported that following the YouLead17 they had the opportunity to connect with fellow young leaders across East Africa and 98.2% agreed that the multifaceted conversations which were part of the YouLead17 program improved their dialogue skills specially on expressing leadership thoughts, topics on politics and governance in confidence. A number of YouLead17 participants have so far shared positive impact stories as a result of having the opportunity to attend the YouLead 2017.These results have proven the YouLead summit to be a great success with sustainable impact among the youth across East Africa by providing an opportunity for networking and seeking common solutions to common youth problems across the East African community.
Consequently, in 2018 MSTCDC and EAC plan to hold a similar summit of a higher quality from 19th -23rd November 2018, themed: “Youth Political & Economic Inclusion: Scenario for Sustainable Regional Integration.” Which among other issues will feature youth perspectives: Youth participation and representation in political governance and leadership, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Tax Justice and Taxation for Development, Corruption, Youth in Innovation, Technology and the Future of work, Youth Employment, Economic Opportunities and Descent Work for Youth, Entrepreneurship, Youth in Agriculture, Youth and Health Rights, Youth demographics and Migration, Youth in Education as sub-themes.
The 2018 YouLead summit will target youth leaders and youth aged between 18-35, including the unreached and those living with disability from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, and South Sudan as primary beneficiaries. Delegates will come from State and non-state stakeholders working on youth and futures. A very experienced and passionate committee has dedicated their expertise to steer the 2018 YouLead summit.
For more information about the summit, please follow link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ui-En2caiSm8-Qo0Bas_5KPFXx3SQxK32i2O...
Call for Expressions of Interest to Host National Symposiums
The YouLead Secretariat is pleased to extend an invitation for national level state and non state actors, youth led and youth serving organisations and networks or associations to organise and host one day National Youth Symposiums ahead of the Regional Youth Summit. This is an integral part of ensuring full participation and inclusion of maximum possible youth voices into the preparation and execution of the regional summit. A criterion for selection of host organisation and a practical guide follows in the section below.
Why the National Symposiums?
Due to space and financial constraints, only a limited, competitively selected number of delegates (200) will have a chance to participate in the regional summit that will take place in Arusha. The National Youth Symposiums are therefore aimed at giving the opportunity and voice to the maximum possible number of youth to voice out concerns and issues, most of which have national regional level implications and hence can be addressed by EAC at regional level. The proceedings and report from the National Youth Symposiums will form an integral part the regional summit agenda.
Restriction on nature of event: National Youth Symposium
Acceptable events are those likely to result in national level impact, involving as many youth representatives and networks as possible. There is no restrictions on the number of youth that can participate in the event. Virtual (social media and technology based) and physical engagements are encouraged all through the process. All themes and topics addressed need to be tailored to those of the regional summit, with a national outlook to address national level issues.
Event theme or title: National Youth Symposium on the State of Youth Political and Economic Inclusion: Scenarios for Sustainable Regional Integration in East Africa
Among other issues, discussions and presentations are expected to feature youth perspectives on: Youth participation and representation in political governance and leadership, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Tax Justice and Taxation for Development, Corruption, Youth in Innovation, Technology and the Future of work, Youth Employment, Economic Opportunities and Descent Work for Youth, Entrepreneurship, Youth in Agriculture, Youth and Health Rights, Youth demographics and Migration, Youth in Education as sub-themes.
A National “Youth Trends Report” - resulting from the National Symposium on the theme and thematic discussions. A representative of the lead hosting organisation shall be invited to make a presentation of the Youth trends report at the regional summit.
Who can express interest?
National level youth led and youth serving organisations, networks, associations or bodies, academic institutions are legible. Government ministries and departments, parliamentary bodies or committees, national youth councils and NGOs are eligible to express interest. Private sector firms can be considered, if they plan to host the event in partnership with government agencies, NGOs, or social organisations. Selected organisations will be required to demonstrate proof of legal existence or association with a legal entity in country of operation, and must either be founded or led by youth, or show proof of serving youth as it’s main constituency.
Who can host organisations work with?
Selected host organisations are highly encouraged to mobilise and work with national youth members of parliament, national councils, government ministries responsible for youth and East African affairs, reach out to and involve as many youth led and youth serving organisations as possible, and attract the participation of the media, academia institutions and the private sector such as banks, telecom companies among others.
What host organisations are responsible for?
Have ability to mobilise resources locally, through your local networks and build partnerships to the extent that you can organise and execute a single day National Youth Symposium. Select participants and session speakers or facilitators. Conduct the Symposium, write and submit a report to the YouLead secretariat.
What the YouLead Secretariat will offer to successful host organisations?
Dedicated technical and network support all through the process. Through the relevant EAC, the secretariat will further offer a strong link to government agencies, and other relevant organisations to support and participate in the National Symposium. Support and facilitation during the National Symposium where required. Where necessary, a letter of introduction or cover letter from the EAC opening doors for the host in the target organisations for partnership and participation – especially to government agencies. Host organisations will also be recognised on the YouLead main website and mentioned at the summit.
Basic activities leading up to the National Youth Symposium
Spontaneous, exciting youth community events—house parties, video screenings, photo taking, social medial presentations, public lectures, and dialogues— all are great ways to strengthen the process leading to attraction of partners. A community event may serve to provide information, motivate partners, bring allies together, and increase awareness of the YouLead summit through campaign in your networks and community, an opportunity to announce the Symposium and the summit, or celebrate key youth victories.
Each approved National Symposium will have clear goals in order to measure success. It should have numeric goals (i.e. audience turnout, funds raised, co-sponsor sign ons) as well as non-numeric goals (i.e. to bring together youth and raise their awareness about a certain youth trends and issues, and launch a campaign, or to celebrate a major youth victory). All decisions about your event should be made with this goal in mind.
All approved National Youth Dialogues are expected to be concluded between 1st August and 30th September. This is to allow highest possibility for all issues raised at national level to be included in the regional summit in November.
Selected host organisations will receive step-by-step guidelines on how to organise and execute the National Symposiums.
Deadline for accepting expressions of interest:
All expressions of interest are expected to reach the YouLead Secretariat by mid night on Friday 30th July 2018.
For inquiries or further information, contact:
Summit Director: Ivan Atuyambe
Regional Advisor, Governance and Leadership Academy
MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation