2015 Annual African Youth Dialogue
MINDS recently hosted its 3rd annual youth dialogue in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on the 7th and 8th of August 2015. The dialogue was attended by over 70 participants from over 30 African countries.
Special guests included, South Africa's ex-Finance Minister Mr Trevor Manuel and Tanzanian national, Mr Ali Mufuruki, who is the Infotech Investment Group founder. Manuel and Mufuruki serve on the MINDS Advisory Board and Board of Trustees, respectively.
The MINDS annual Youth Dialogues provide a forum for young Africans from across the continent to interrogate current levels of African youth's involvement in electoral and governance processes. Three research papers where presented at this years dialogue and were used to guide discussions at the event. Topics used on the papers included, 'The engagement between youth and elders in political governance spheres in Africa', 'Economic transformation and inclusivity in Africa' and 'Youth Participation in governance in Africa'.
You can track some of the activity that happened on the MINDS twitter page.
View pictures from the MINDS Facebook page.
Reimagining South Africa McKinsey and Company publication
MINDS Founder and Executive Chairman, Dr Moyo features in the recently-launched, McKinsey and Company publication, Reimagining South Africa: 20 reflections by leaders from South Africa and beyond. The book comes in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the opening of McKinsey & Companys' South African office.
Reimagining South Africa is a collection of essays from 22 African leaders sharing their thoughts and observations on the state of South Africa and offering approaches on improving the nation.
A sample of Dr Nkosana Moyo's essay
South Africa's former finance minister and MINDS Advisory Board member, Trevor Manuel, also features in the book.
Reimagining South Africa, compiled and edited by McKinsey & Company.
Cover image credit: Peter Burdin Africa (http://bit.ly/1E5eANX)
MINDS 2015 West Africa Civic Education Workshop
African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Dr. Donald Kaberuka paid a surprise visit to the MINDS West Africa Civic Education participants on the 11th of June 2015. Kaberuka, who also serves on the MINDS Advisory Board, shared his thoughts on the mindset African Youth have to adopt on the developing Continent. Quoting John F Kennedy, Kaberuka advised the participants "ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country".
The MINDS West Africa Civic Education Workshop in Elections and Governance was a two-day workshop held on the 11th and 12th of June 2015 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The Civic Education workshops falls part of one of two events hosted by MINDS under the Youth Programme. The programme addresses the challenges and opportunities that the youth of Africa need to acknowledge when it comes to governance affairs in Africa.
The workshop was attended by over 20 English and French-speaking participants from mainly West African countries. The first day's agenda included topics such as types and indicators of democracy, the electoral cycle as well as an introduction to the African Charter. Day two's topics addressed issues surrounding stakeholder engagement, effective communication and designing a communication strategy.
One of the objectives of the Civic Education workshop is to facilitate open learning and training on African elections and governance, enabling youth to 'create authentic African solutions' through peaceful civic participation in the electoral process.
View pictures from the workshop on the MINDS Facebook page.