After a year of active and effective presence in various meetings, events and projects to advocate for this great African Development Initiative, YALF is organizing its 2016 annual summit at the AU Headquarters, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia from the 18th October (ARRIVAL) to 22nd October 2016 (DEPARTURE).

The core objectives of this annual summit are:

– To launch our yearly continental development projects, which includes Women Empowerment Initiative – a project that empowers rural African women with money making skills, Betty Goes to School – an initiative that defends the right to education of the girl child and sends them to school as well, INFONO – pan-African network system tool and search engine, WAYLS – a yearly project that trains African youth areas of education, agriculture, leadership and general entrepreneurship, and our other projects that are in line with the AFRICAN UNION AGENDA 2063.

– To launch the latest edition of our African development journal, Young African Leaders Journal of Development (YALJOD) – which hosts scholarly analysis and competing viewpoints about the development of Africa.

– To donate our journal to the AU Libraries and also to different government and public university libraries within the continent – from the AU headquarters.

– To learn from renowned and qualified experts on the ideals of sustainable development for the betterment of our continent.

– To build and strengthen a strong relationship with all the departments of the African Union Commission.

– To establish a united African youth for the development of Africa through comradeship and cooperation shared from the summit.


– H.E Dr. Martial De Paul Ikounga, Commissioner of HRST, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

– H.E Dr. Aisha L. Abdullahi, Commissioner of Political Affairs, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

– Dr. Mahama Ouedraogo, Director of Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

– Dr. Salah Hammad, Senior Human Rights Experts, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

– Dr. Patricia Rodney, Chairman of the Walter Rodney Foundation and Widow of Walter Rodney

– Dr. Beatrice Njenga, Head of Youth Division African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

– Ms. Justina Mutale, Women Social Status Promoter and Founding President, Justina Mutale Foundation.

– Mr. Edgard Guidibi, Former Special Adviser to the President of Benin Republic.


Around 100 youth leaders and civil society ambassadors from different African countries will attend the summit as participants. Authors in the pan-African journal of development will also attend the summit – which will be made open to members and interested youth leaders.

YALF calls and welcomes partnership with development minded organisations from all over the globe in achieving these core summit objectives.

Belinda Dongo,
Head, Project Management Department.

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  • kijana Reply

    Good opportunity to share ours expérience

    August 11, 2016 at 8:40 pm
  • Anzohn Menyon Reply

    I strongly believe this summit is essential and need young people across the continent to attend, is there any sponsorship for un-affordable young leader to attend? if any, can i be one of the beneficiaries?

    September 19, 2016 at 4:09 pm

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