YOUTH ALLIANCE FOR LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA
- Children & Youth
- Education & Literacy
Location100 SHOCKOE SLIP 2ND FLOORRICHMOND, VA 23219 United States
YALDA provides a forum for youth on the African continent and those abroad with a commitment to the welfare of Africa. By networking with professionals, mentors and each other, members will increase their capacity to take on positive leadership roles in their universities, countries and on the continent. Through YALDA, members will implement their short and long-term visions for Africa.
Compared to other regions of the world, Africa has the largest segment of young people in its population; it is estimated that young people make up more than 50 percent of the population in most African countries, compared to 27.3 percent in the rest of the world. African youth suffer the highest rates of unemployment across all socio-economic groups and are stereotyped as lacking motivation and innovation.
Currently, most decisions concerning the welfare of the African youth and the development of the continent are made by national governments in consultation with international experts and organizations. This results in low levels of community and youth participation in the planning of development initiatives, consequently, with disappointing returns.
Young people in Africa, who best know what their specific problems are, set our agenda. YALDA members propose creative and optimal solutions to the everyday obstacles they face. They determine what projects they want to pursue, how to implement them, and how to gain access to the tools and support that they will need to make their vision a reality.