African Youth Panel

July 4, 2024

TrustAfrica in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation have launched the African Youth Panel, a 4 year Participatory Action Research Project operating as a platform for young Africans to explore ways of creating secure and sustainable futures and identify issues and barriers to accessing dignified and meaningful work in their communities and sectors of interest. This is being done through community mobilization, engagement, applied research and advocacy, contributing to solving these identified problems in a rigorous and systematic way. The initiative will operate in 10 African countries and at the time of this newsletter, the following countries have been activated- Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania and Zimbabwe with Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda being activated by the end of July 2024.

A Recruitment process is underway for 20 young people from each of the 10 countries. These will be between the ages of 18-35 years, 70% of whom will be female from diverse systematically excluded or disadvantaged backgrounds and experiences, who are passionate about working with young people in their community, willing to learn and willing to lead. Among these young people will be youth living with disabilities, living and or making their living on the street in informal trade, young people from peri-urban and rural areas, displaced and refugee youth, young people outside of formal education, from minority tribes and languages and teenage and young mothers amongst others. They will be trained and have the opportunity to facilitate generative engagements in their communities as participant researchers which is a step contributing to increasing decent work for young people on the continent.

If you know any young people who may benefit and contribute to this initiative, please do nominate them by clicking here.

We also invite any suggestions of hidden demographics of young people who are often left out of the discourse on youth and transformation. We’d like to reach out and create a space for them to participate meaningfully. Do send your suggestions to

African Youth Panel

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