ECOWAS YOUTH FORUM
February 28, 2019
Advocacy for the political and economic empowerment of youth in West Africa sub-region
In Africa, the number of youth is growing rapidly. In 2015, 226 million youth aged 15-24 lived in Africa, accounting for 19 percent of the global youth population. By 2030, it is projected that the number of youth in Africa will have increased by 42 percent. Africa’s youth population is expected to continue to grow throughout the remainder of the 21st century, more than doubling from current levels by 2055.
Youth can be a positive force for development when provided with the knowledge and opportunities they need to thrive. In particular, young people should acquire the education and skills needed to contribute to a productive economy, and they need access to a job market that can absorb them into its labour force. Among the greatest challenges facing many countries today are the inadequate human capital investment and high unemployment rates among youth.
Recognising the need for capacity building on migration governance including gender- responsive, protection-sensitive, and human rights-based practices, in accordance with international legal obligations and national law, empowering the network of youth organizations, NGOs, associations, etc will help to optimize information and experience exchange, facilitate awareness creation for the public and strengthen the influence in the lobbying regarding policy development and/or implementation on return migrants reintegration(lower tax incentive, infrastructure, basic right of return migrants, etc).
Through this forum which is taking place in Nigeria from 28th to 01st March 2019, youth will advocate on youth empowerment through the ECOWAS platform. Some youth organisations and NGOs working on migration will be participating in this forum. There will be a reflection on the context of migration within the region. Youth will be involved in the implementation and decision making. Youth will be part of the process and solutions.