Scope & Focus

YouLead Research agenda focuses on, but is not limited to the African context of youth governance, leadership and development.

Great attention is paid to research that addresses current affairs, emerging issues and youth challenges related to:

  • 1. Youth participation in political and economic governance and leadership.

  • 2. Generations and justice – justice as applied to youth issues.

  • 3. Youth issues on Policy and Governance Response to COVID-19.



The Aim

  1. 1. Build an institutional repository of knowledge in the areas selected of youth issues and foster youth led research.

  2. 2. Ensure that youth led research is utilized in youth programing on the African continent.

  3. 3. Disseminate knowledge and raise a profile on youth issues across Africa.

  4. 4. Promote and foster north-south-south research partnerships in knowledge production and sharing on youth issues.

Debates and Social Dialogue

Based on studies conducted, the YouLead Research Team organises and participates in social dialogues and debates that ensure:

  1. 1.Ensures that youth led research products are translated into policy options that address youth needs and aspirations.

  2. 2.Facilitates interaction between youth and policy-makers at all levels of society.

  3. 3.The research team plans to host and also participate in Webinars on topical issues from time to time

These Help in

  • 1. Obtaining responses to ongoing research on youth issues;

  • 2. Be a source of inspiration for new topics for research and youth programs;

  • 3. Allowing a wider youth and policy makers audience an opportunity of co-creating our youth led research agenda;

  • 4. Form part of partnership mobilisation and relationship building for youth focused research and other program areas.

Inaugural Research Initiatives 2020

  • 1. Youth Governance Architecture in the East African Community

     
    Examining the Enabling Environment for Youth Participation and exploring opportunities for re-inventing and entrenching Youth Leadership

    In 2020, MSTCDC/YouLead Secretariat and the African Legal Think Tank on Women’s Rights, under the MS TCDC Leadership Governance Academy (LGA), joined forces to deliver the research project “The Youth Governance Architecture in East African Community: Examining the Enabling Environment for Youth Participation in Governance and exploring opportunities for re-inventing and entrenching youth leadership”, as part of the broader theme “Democracy Monitoring Studies”.

  • 2. Youth Governance Architecture in the East African Community

     
    Youth inclusion and participation in Governance – why it matters

    There are more young people today than ever before. More than half of the world population is under 30 years of age, and one-fifth of it is made up of youth aged 15-25. Despite this high proportion of the world population, youth are vastly underrepresented in political institutions. For example, “2.2 percent of the world’s MPs are aged under 30 – up from 1.9 percent in 2016; 15.5 percent of the world’s MPs are aged under 40 – up from 14.2 per cent in 2016; 28.1 percent of the world’s MPs are aged under 45 – up from 26 per cent in 2016 and male MPs outnumber their female counterparts in every age group”. This data shows not only limited gender inclusive youth participation in governance but also limited youth participation in general. Yet, world over, given their distinctive needs and aspirations, youth in general and with more reference to Millennials, are changing the way we view leadership. Their demand is simple: it is time-out for exclusive leadership and time-in for inclusive leadership.

  • 3. Youth Can Kick COVID-19 out of East Africa

     
    Africa Study on Covid-19 Disruptions to Youth life May, 2020 | The YouLead Consortium

    This report represents voices and experiences of East African youth, the disruptions by the Covid-19 pandemic to their life so far, their thoughts on how they could make a contribution toward preparedness and response to Covid-19, and their wish list for support now and after the pandemic.

  • 4. Continental Scoping Study on the Enabling Environment for Youth Participation in Political Governance and Mapping of Existing Youth Leadership Development Initiatives in Africa

     
    Part of the African Union Emerging Leaders Program: Reinventing Leadership for African Youth in Democratic Governance

    A continental project with funding from African Union (AGA Secretariat) and COMESA Secretariat through a Technical Service Agreement

    Summary

    Through its youth engagement initiative, YouLead, the Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS-TCDC) has received a service agreement from the African Union African Governance Architecture Secretariat and COMESA Secretariat to develop a training manual for an “Emerging Leaders Program: Reinventing Leadership for African Youth in Democratic Governance''. In delivering the assignment, YouLead is closely cooperating with the East African Community (EAC) Youth Ambassadors Platform and has mobilized a Continental Youth Reference Group to support the process.

  • 5. East Africa Study on the enabling Environment for Youth inclusion in Economic Governance

     
    Revitalising Multistakeholder Partnerships for Accelerating Economic Opportunities and Decent Work for Youth in the East African Community
    Summary

    Through its youth engagement initiative, YouLead, the Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS-TCDC) has received a service agreement from the African Union African Governance Architecture Secretariat and COMESA Secretariat to develop a training manual for an “Emerging Leaders Program: Reinventing Leadership for African Youth in Democratic Governance''. In delivering the assignment, YouLead is closely cooperating with the East African Community (EAC) Youth Ambassadors Platform and has mobilized a Continental Youth Reference Group to support the process.

    For African governments, development partners, private sector and other actors, investing in youth entrepreneurship innovation capital and taking proactive measures to include young business leaders in decision-making associated with the economic governance processes should be observed as an indicator for success. Furthermore, the study seeks to lay an evidence based firm foundation for attempting to mobilize governments, development partners, private sector and other relevant stakeholders to meaningfully engage with, facilitate African young people and support them with skills, tools and an enabling environment to create solutions for cross border trade such as e-commerce platforms. The study will build on and add to existing futuristic scenarios of what is to be expected of the economic growth by young people, the role they see themselves play as stakeholders to achieving this ideal, and the capacity and other form of support required for them to effectively and meaningfully play such a role.