YouLead is a joint initiative of MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MSTCDC) and the East African Community (EAC) in Arusha, Tanzania. H.E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, former President of Tanzania is YouLead Africa's current Patron. [PHOTO: COURTESY]

Africa’s largest Youth Leadership Forum, the YouLead Summit, is gearing up for its seventh annual gathering. This year, Nairobi, Kenya, will host the summit from November 20 to 24, 2023, echoing the theme “Youth Empowerment through Capacity Building: Revitalizing Youth Voice and Agency towards the Africa We Want.”

The 2023 summit promises to be a catalyst for change, bringing together National, Regional, and Continental-level Policymakers alongside dynamic youth leaders from diverse backgrounds. The focus is crystal clear: devising homegrown solutions to pressing development issues affecting the continent’s youth.

Under the esteemed co-conveners, former President of the Republic of Tanzania, Hon Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, and Hon. Dr. Peter Mathuki, the summit aligns with the African Union Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, aiming to plug young people into emerging markets and opportunities.

Here’s a glimpse of what to expect at the YouLead Summit 2023:

Diverse Forums

The summit offers a variety of forums, including the Under 40 Political Leaders Forum, the Under 40 Business Leaders’ Forum, the Gender Equality Forum, the Nairobi Debates, and the Peace Forum.

Youth-Centric Approach

The gathering addresses critical issues such as the political implications of the demographic bulge and limited access to socioeconomic opportunities. It seeks to empower young people, recognizing them as key players in shaping the future of Africa.

Influential Partnerships

Co-convened by the East Africa Community (EAC), MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MSTCDC), Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC), the East Africa Youth Ambassadors Platform, and other partners, the summit brings together a powerhouse of organizations committed to fostering youth leadership.

Strategic Location

Set at the Bomas of Kenya, the summit’s venue provides an ideal setting for collaboration and networking, fostering an environment conducive to the exchange of ideas and solutions.

The YouLead Summit 2023 is more than an event; it’s a movement. Aligned with the African Union’s vision and the UN’s goals, this gathering stands as a testament to Africa’s commitment to nurturing the potential of its youth. Stay tuned as Nairobi becomes the epicenter of youth empowerment, paving the way for a more inclusive and prosperous Africa.