This was the prevailing message at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) that ended in Nairobi, Kenya yesterday (Monday), culminating in the Nairobi Declaration.
It has been noted lack of empowerment exposed youth to such terror sects as Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab as well as crime in general.
“We emphasize that youth empowerment and capacity development are central to achieving demographic dividends, preventing forced migration and conflict and promoting peace building,” participants stated in a communiqué issued at the end of the two-day summit.
Heads of State, governments and delegations from 54 African countries, Japan, 74 international organizations and 52 other partners attended the conference.
Deputy Executive Director United Nations Population Fund said it was urgent to invest in Africa’s human capital, especially its women and young people, to speed Africa’s economic development.
The participants also adopted an implementation plan which would, among others, promote comprehensive care in reproductive, maternal and adolescent health by strengthening health workers’ capacity and improving access to family planning.
More than 30 percent of Africa is aged 10-24 years. This is projected to continue until at least 2060.
– CAJ News