THIS weekend, a roundtable urging African governments to put its young people front and centre of economic policies kicks off in Johannesburg, organised by Amnesty International and the Open Society Initiative.
Under the hashtag #AfricaNot4Sale, the roundtable’s core message is that African political leaders and big business must stop selling the future of the continent’s youth and start promoting alternative growth models rooted in youth empowerment, human development and human rights.
“The youth of Africa have long been side-lined in discussions and initiatives relating to the development of their own continent. They have watched as the spoils of Africa have been divided and shared amongst multinational companies with the approval of their governments - and they have felt too powerless and, in many cases, too disinterested to intervene.
“Dispossessed and disempowered youths are saying #AfricaNot4Sale,” said Simphiwe Dana, the award-winning South African Afro-soul singer and campaigner for social and economic justice, who is an #AfricaNot4Sale ambassador.
Using data from the African Development Bank, the World Bank, Population Reference Bureau and the UN, Mail & Guardian Africa has developed an Africa Teenagers Ranking of the five best and worst countries to be a teenager in Africa today:.