The Youth Impact is inspired by the African Union’s 2017 theme: “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth”. This prestigious title has raised awareness of the Demographic Dividend, but mass appeal and understanding is still lacking. The Demographic Dividend is a concept, not a cause. It’s talked about by economists and demographers, but not by a broad base of Africans including the people who it will really benefit: youth.
We want to change this. We want everyone – not least decision-makers – to understand its potential and act now to reap the benefits. And we want young people to lead the charge. So we’re focusing on one of the primary ways to achieve the Demographic Dividend.
We’re calling it the Youth Impact.