Globally, there are some 600 million young women and men living in fragile states, including conflicts, without access to quality education, civic engagement or dignified employment. And according to the Director General of UNESCO, “This is a human rights crisis, a development disaster, and a security imperative, and we must redouble all efforts to strengthen the participation of young people in building peace.” Most African countries today are working to build democratic governance. The challenge however, is to develop institutions and processes that are more responsive to the needs of the ordinary citizens, including the youth, and promote sustainable development. Youth Aid Africa works to strengthen youth and citizen involvement in electoral and legislative processes, improve access to justice and public services and develop a greater capacity to deliver basic services to those most in need.

Governance is the way the rules, norms and actions are structured, sustained, regulated and held accountable. The degree of formality depends on the internal rules of a given organization and, externally, with its business partners. As such, governance may take many forms, driven by many different motivations and with many different results. For instance, a government may operate as a democracy where citizens vote on who should govern and the public good is the goal, while a non-profit organization may be governed by a small board of directors and pursue more specific aims.

As Youth Aid Africa, we appreciate that the involvement of citizens in governance processes is paramount in as far as enhancing good governance is concerned. The youth being a sizable portion of the population in Uganda and many other African Countries, we run activities and projects that change the mindset of the youth and equip them with the necessary skills to drive them into ACTION.

Our Goal

Through this program, Youth Aid Africa brings young people together from across the board, fostering partnerships and sharing ways to promote participation, accountability and transparency at all levels. We aim to build effective and capable societies that are accountable and transparent, inclusive and responsive — from elections to participation of the youth and women. Learn more about our work with the Youth.

Our Stories:

“It was a great pleasure for me to attend a meeting organized by Youth Aid Africa for  youth to discuss issues of youth and democratic governance. It was really a platform from experience and expertise in the government. Good governance can lead young people to find a large number of different production and different ideas. Its a big key to work together with the government and young people. I would like to thank friends, Youth Aid Africa for the invitation, I would advise  you to continue  encouraging and intensifying the work you are doing for the youth”.