At Ideas for Action Africa, we truly believe that there can be no inclusive and sustainable development across Africa without the high consideration of youth’s voice and an increase of youth’s impactful actions. Why do we think this?
A part of our Team is replying by simply answering the question “Why Ideas for Action Africa?”
Please see below their reply.
“Of a certainty, Africa is rich in resources and talented human capacity but often times, we lack the opportunities to utilize the vast resources we have. My hope is that through my involvement with Ideas for Action Africa, I will make a positive impact that matters in the continent as we seek to identify and to facilitate the implementation of top ideas with African content towards achieving the sustainable development goals.”
“As Africa citizens, we all have rights and responsibilities, as well as shared goals. Through active citizenship we encourage young people to take responsibility for the local challenges and find targeted, sustainable solutions that benefit our communities and the world. Motivated by the passion to transform their lives and the World, we must have the courage to address the critical challenges of our time. Then if you ask me why I have joined Ideas for Action Africa, I would say: It’s not a choice but as young active citizen we must act and then for me it’s a citizen duty. Ideas for Action Africa is the best project to empower young people by giving them the opportunity to create a global positive impact in themselves, in their communities and in Africa.”
-Omar Ibn Abdillah
“Idea for Action Africa shares similar aspirations: to be part of those who transform the face of Africa; to give the youth a voice in an uncommon way and to help them realize that they can be solutions providers.”
“Africa is the only one continent whose development will be enabled by the creativity of its youth. The continent has to take from its young people all the intellectual and intelligent resources they can offer, thanks to its demographic power. This, in every sector key to its development. This is why I commend, with a true respect, the Ideas for Action Africa Initiative which aims at stimulating and promoting the genius of African youth. Ideas for Action Africa, to let your potential blossom!”
“I’ve always been open to contribute to evert actions and ideas targeting better solutions for an innovative and winning Africa connected to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I am thus here to join my will and energy to other valuable youths to work for a positive change on this continent.”
“Sustainability has a cost and Africa lacks the financial resources, technical capacity and global political clout to drive change on its own. It will require careful diplomacy and networking from today’s political leaders and the youth of today and tomorrow. In the current setup of SDGs action, young people around the world are among those left behind, they tend to be among the first to embrace new ideas and innovations and they remain open to the idea of global solutions to global problems. Ideas for Action Africa offers that choice to be part of bringing up ideas in the face of SDGs challenges in the African context.”
-Marcellin N. Gandonou
“Africa’s challenges are as many as real and require more than anytime, the full attention and involvement of youth. To me, grasping the outstretched hand of Idea for Action to get young people joining forces for African sustainable development, is not an option but a true need. This is the reason why I stood up to make Ideas for Action Africa, a truth.”
For more information related to the conviction shared by the I4A Africa Team about the importance of youth action in the African development process, please visit their detailed profile.