Date: January 28th, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm EAT (1:00 pm in Lagos, Nigeria/3:00 pm in Nairobi, Kenya)

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Much of the conversation surrounding implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is very technocratic in tone and content. People worry about program design and efficiency, about effectiveness and what techniques or programs will work, about evaluation and specifying concrete measures for success. These are all important concerns. Indeed, they are crucial, and one of the very important contributions of the SDGs has been to set concrete, measurable goals that focus attention on some of these technocratic problems of evaluation.

Achievement of the SDGs in Africa will require participation, not just by large institutional actors such as governments, IGOs, and multinational firms. It will require broad support from Youths at large, both in the South and in the North. The development community has understood for two decades now that broad participation and “ownership” of youths in antipoverty programs in poor countries is essential to implementation and success. The mixed success of efforts to promote this kind of youths’ involvement has been widely studied, and efforts to improve mechanisms for involvement will and must continue.

Join Ms. Sanet Oberholzer and Ms. Sumien Deetlefs in the virtual exchange roundtable exploring the capacity of the African youths and what SDGs can really do for Africa that the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) didn’t deliver.

This event is currently at capacity; join the conversation on January 28th, 2017, at 3pm EAT (1pm Lagos, Nigeria/3pm Nairobi, Kenya).

Issue Areas:

  • Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Youths and SDGs.


Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Participation eligibility

  • African national.
  • Aged between 18 – 30 years.
  • Interest in UN’s Sustainable Development Goals; active in their local communities having launched, or become very engaged with, projects/initiatives to prevent and counter violent extremism.
  • Digitally savvy and active on social media.
  • Willing and able to work individually and as part of a team; able to work remotely with others.



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