Youth’s role in achieving peace

By Ekleel Badr Sallam

As a young Saudi woman, I am glad to be part of such a tremendous forum that believes in youth’s role in achieving peace, development and creativity for the world; a forum that prepares members of the current generation to become the leaders of the future, ensuring and maintaining the coexistence between all communities.

Regardless of religious, cultural and language differences, the world’s youth face similar challenges and obstacles. Therefore, cooperation between young people is essential for the development of their countries through the exchange of knowledge and awareness.

The Arab and African Youth Platform was a three-day event that took place from 16 to 18 March 2019 in Aswan, Egypt. The city of Aswan is proof that Egypt benefited from colonization while maintaining its language, culture and traditions and is now one of the world’s largest tourist attractions.

In preparing the younger generations, the forum held roundtable discussions and workshops to maintain and enhance cooperation between current leaders and young promising future leaders.

The World Youth Forum opens dialogue on topics of interest to international youth. It engages youth and allows them to exchange views and recommend initiatives to decision-makers, influential figures and policymakers.

In the wake of massive advancements in the field of technology, international issues dominate media and are of global concern. Therefore, young people should be aware of international relations that draw on contributions from politics, history, media, sociology, law, ideas, societies and economics. Young people need to acquire the skills of diplomacy to debate and discuss issues internationally.

Youth unity is a must to create solutions to reduce pollution and poverty in all parts of the world, as well as to focus on enhancing coexistence through sharing common interests and similarities.

After personally meeting Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, I believe that more forums will provide a platform for proactive international youth to unite in shaping a message of humanity, peace, progress and harmony.

Source Saudi Gazette

Business: Impact Fund to Create Jobs for Rural Youths

An impact fund with an innovative approach for attracting much needed capital to the rural areas of developing countries has been launched at the annual meeting of Member States of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

According to a statement on IFAD website, it was the at IFAD alongside with the European Union, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), the government of Luxembourg and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) launched the Agri-Business Capital (ABC) Fund to help rural entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector access the finance they need to grow their businesses and create jobs for poor rural people, in particular young people.

The statement also noted that the aim of the ABC fund is to generate private sector investment in rural small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), farmers’ organisations and smallholder farmers’ groups which often find it hard to access finance from traditional institutions who view them as too risky.

The IFAD President, Gilbert Houngbo in the statement noted those small and medium-sized enterprises can be an engine for development and offer rural communities a pathway out of poverty and hunger, “but only if they can access the resources they need.”

He also noted that the launch of the fund is an important step to realize the huge potential of small farmers, their organizations, and most importantly young people.

The statement also noted that it is estimated that more than half of the 1.2 billion young people in the world live in rural areas.

The statement added that young people are two to three times more likely than adults to be unemployed, adding that in Africa alone, 10 to 12 million young people enter the job market yearly.

The European Commissioner, International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, emphasized the potential impact of the fund investments on smallholder households.

He also noted that smallholders and rural businesses are not getting the investment they need from the private sector, adding that the Fund would help address this gap, improve their access to capital and consequently the lives of 700.000 rural household.

In line with its focus on promoting private-sector development, ACP Secretary General, Patrick Gomes, highlighted the transformative effect the ABC fund could have in poor rural communities.

According to Gomes, “Our African, Caribbean and Pacific members have great expectations of the ABC Fund. We look forward to having the Fund respond to specific needs in the three regions and supporting the implementation of our new approach to structurally transform the ACP agricultural sector. This fund, which aims to contribute to wealth and job creation, particularly for our youth, should significantly enable ACP countries to add value, extract higher rents from commodities, diversify and further integrate into global value chains.”

Paulette Lenert, Luxembourg’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, said her government has been a critical partner in the fund’s development.

“In line with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, Luxembourg has been very active in the field of sustainable impact investment and innovative financing mechanisms,” she said. “This has been the case in green and inclusive finance, in labelling and in social performance measurement, as well as in mobilizing private capital for the SDGs. Luxembourg is very proud of having been instrumental, from the first hour, in bringing about this innovative project.”

The ABC Fund aims to raise EUR 200 million over the next 10 years. It will provide loans adapted to the needs of SMEs. Loan size will range from EUR 20,000 to EUR 800,000. The ABC Fund will work through financial institutions for loans in the range of EUR 20,000 to EUR 200,000, while providing loans between EUR 200,000 and 800,000 directly to investees.

AGRA President Agnes Kalibata, said her organization, with its focus on developing private-sector capacity for technology adoption in Africa, will build on this work as the fund is rolled out across the continent.

“AGRA is delighted to partner with IFAD, EU, and the Government of Luxembourg on this unique and game-changing fund that will provide loans of below 1 million euros which is what most African small rural agri-businesses need to grow and continue delivering previously unavailable, inaccessible and unaffordable services to millions of smallholder farmers,” she said.

IFAD and AGRA, both with operations on the ground in rural communities, will work closely with the fund manager to identify investment opportunities with promising SMEs.

The ABC Fund is an independent fund based in Luxembourg and its investment portfolio will be managed by Bamboo Capital Partners with Injaro Investments Limited as investment advisor.

“Bamboo is proud to collaborate with IFAD on a forward-looking investment strategy, focused on smallholder farmers’ productivity, market access, domestic value creation and resilience,” said Jean-Philippe de Schrevel, CEO, at Bamboo Capital Partners.

Commitments to the ABC Fund include: EUR 45 million from the European Union and the ACP (including 5 million for technical assistance), EUR 5 million from Luxembourg and EUR 4.5 million from AGRA.

Source This Day

Zambia: Chingola PF Youth empowerment available but….


Copperbelt PF Youth Chairperson Don Mungulube says money for PF Youth empowerment is available but the money will only be accessed by those that will provide business proposals.

Speaking in Chingola when the provincial leadership met wards, constituency and district PF officials Mr Mungulube told all the PF to provide business proposals for them to access the money.

He said empowerment must be sustainable, saying the current leadership will not be dishing out empowerment funds like campaign money.

Mr Mungulube who is a businessman said that it’s time for youths to be business minded.

He said Chingola where the he and his treasurer Soko Mumba comes from would receive youth empowerment first then it will spread across the province.


Nigeria: 2Baba asks Kaduna youth to shun violence

By Andrew Agbese

A popular Nigerian musician, Innocent Idibia, known also as 2Baba, has called on youth to shun violence in the forthcoming general elections. Idibia, who spoke during the Vote Not Fight concert in Kaduna, called on the youth not to make themselves available for violence. He equally admonished them not to sell their votes to desperate politicians.

He said politicians who sponsored violence never told the youths that Section 131 of the Electoral Act prescribed that merely threatening someone over elections could attract a fine of N1,000,000 or three years jail term upon conviction.

“They will never tell you that Section 124 provides that selling your vote will earn you a N500,000 fine or 12 months in jail or both, upon conviction,” he said. Idibia also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be neutral and conduct free, fair and credible elections. He equally urged all security officials participating in the 2019 general elections to be above board and non-partisan in the discharge of their duties.

“I must say here that we know youth involvement in electoral violence and other crimes is often sponsored by the political elite. We therefore call on all political parties and their candidates to run peaceful campaigns devoid of hate speech, electoral violence, vote buying or fake news and disinformation,” he said.


UAE youth keen to learn from Rwanda’s post-Genocide tolerance

By Michel Nkurunziza

WITH 2019 designated as the year of tolerance in the United Arab Emirates, the country is keen to send some of its secondary and university students to Rwanda to learn how tolerance reconciled and united the country after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

This was revealed by Hazza Mohammed Falah Kharsan Alqahtani, the UAE Ambassador to Rwanda, during his visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial yesterday.

He was explained how Genocide was masterminded and executed, leading to the deaths of over a million people in just 100 days.

Over 250,000 Genocide victims were interred in 14 graves at Kigali Genocide memorial site.

The visit follows the creation of United Arab Emirates embassy to Rwanda in June last year.

Rwanda and UAE cooperate in trade and investment, education as well as hospitality and tourism.

The envoy told The New Times that there should be cooperation on sharing the experience on tolerance between the two countries.

“2019 is the year in which UAE is looking at activities and projects related to tolerance. As the embassy, we are going to work on a plan that will deploy youth from secondary schools and universities in our countrywho will come to Rwanda, visit memorial sites to learn from the experience of how Rwandans rebuilt their nation by promoting tolerance and forgiveness,” he said.

He said future generations need to understand how good leadership like that of President Kagame brought about unity in a previously deeply divided country.

“This memorial site is a strong tool and education programme that will help future generations to learn from the past and build the future.

UAE hosts over 20 Rwandan students on scholarship programmes.

The third Rwanda Reconciliation Barometer report released in 2016 by the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) showed that up to 92.5 per cent of Rwandans feel that unity and reconciliation has been achieved and that citizens live in harmony.

Source The New Times

All you need to know about Big Brother Naija Season 4


Big Brother Naija will hold again in 2019 for the fourth time since it first held in Nigeria in 2006 and we have all the details.

Here are four major things you need to know about one of the most viewed and talked about reality TV show across Africa

1. Nigeria is the host country

For the season 4 of the Big brother Naija, the host country will be Nigeria.

The reality TV show hosting is returning to Nigeria after 13 years when it was filmed in Nigeria.

Speaking on the reason the reality TV show will be hosted in Nigeria, MultiChoice Nigeria’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Martin Mabutho said the show can successfully hold in Nigeria and attain global standards.

“From a cost perspective, it is always good to share the Big Brother House in South Africa where all the African franchise of Big Brother can make use of the house. Now, we are at the vantage position of hosting the show in Nigeria and give the global standard for which the show is known for. The Big Brother House is currently under construction and will be ready before the kick off,” he said.

The Channels Director MNet West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said there are challenges faced by the company for every edition of the Big Brother either in South Africa or Nigeria and the challenges are always surmounted with best global practice.

2. Bet9ja emerges headline sponsor

After headlining two seasons as the major sponsor, Payporte will give way for Bet9ja as the new headline sponsor for Big Brother Naija.

The new headline sponsor for Big Brother Naija 4 was unveiled on Tuesday, January 15, 2018 at a press briefing in Lagos.

On why the betting company decided to jump on the Big brother Naija train, the Senior Marketing Manager Bet9ja, Olufemi Osobajo said it is in line with the company’s aim.

“Our core value in Bet9ja is changing lives of the Nigerian youth. We believe the bet ticket holds more power in changing the lives of the youth and Big Brother Naija has done the same thing changing lives of the youth in all the editions of Big Brother. This is why we are supporting,” he said.

3. Auditions process

As usual, the audition process will take place in major cities across Nigeria.

According to Wangi Mba Uzoukwu, the auditions will hold in eight different cities across Nigeria.

Individuals eligible for auditions should be above 21 years old.

The audition locations are Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Warri, Ibadan, Benin, and Enugu.

Auditions will hold on Friday, February 1, 2019 and Saturday, February 2, 2019.

4. Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will return as the host

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will return as the host of the Big Brother Naija Season 4.

According to the Channels director, MNet West Africa, Wangi Mba Uzoukwu, Ebuka has been officially confirmed as the host of the fourth edition of the reality TV show.

Ebuka has hosted the show for two straight editions – Season 2 and Season 3.

The TV show host and reality TV show host is an alumnus of the Big Brother Naija.

He was one of the housemates of the first edition which was won by Katung Aduwak and hosted by Olisa Adibua and Michelle Dede.

Source Pulse Nigeria

Libya: Angry youth lower Lebanese flag from embassy in tit-for-tat response

By SafaAlharathy

A group of young Libyans on Monday attacked the Lebanese embassy in the Libyan capital, removed the Lebanese flag and tore off the nameplate on the embassy’s entrance.

“A group of angry people approached the main gate of the Lebanese embassy and removed the Lebanese flag at the entrance, they also removed the nameplate of the embassy, and tied its gate with the Libyan flag,” Lebanese Ambassador Mohammed Sakina said, according to Lebanese and Libyan media outlets.

The ambassador confirmed that there was no storming to the embassy or any attack on its staff, adding that the damage was considered minimal.

Source Libya Observer

Aisha Buhari’s campaign team organises competition for young creative Nigerians

By Jerrywright Ukwu

The women and youth presidential campaign team of the APC is organising a creative contest for young Nigerians.

The initiative is the brainchild of the directorate of media and strategic communication of the campaign team.

The campaign team is under the leadership of the Wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari.

The women and youth presidential campaign team of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced that it is organising a creative contest for young Nigerians ahead of the 2019 general elections.

This was disclosed by the director of media and strategic communication of the campaign team, Honourable Abdulmumini Jibrin during a press briefing on Monday, January 14.

Jibrin, a member of the House of Representatives from Kano state, heads the directorate of media and strategic communication of the campaign team.

He called on young creative Nigerians to submit art pieces in various formats depicting an achievement of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration that has impacted their lives positively.

His words: “Let me use this opportunity to inform creative Nigerians that the women and youth presidential campaign council media and strategic communication committee would be sanctioning a competition calling for Nigerians from various works of life to submit art pieces in various formats – graphic designs, videos, drawings, paintings depicting an achievement of the President Buhari administration that has impacted their lives positively using the hashtag #APCWayContest

“Submissions would be made over a period of time and would be curated from online postings to be identified with the hashtag.

“Upon submissions, a jury would be expected to review the submissions and chose the best 50 of which a prize money would be awarded to them.

“The aim of this competition is to promote the achievements of the resident and give it ownership among everyday Nigerians while also promoting the committee.”

Meanwhile, a member of the APC, Alhaji Garus Gololo, has boasted that President Buhari would defeat his opponents easily on the day of the presidential election, scheduled for Saturday, February 16.

Gololo, who is also the leader of the Fulani Nationality in Benue state, said the contest is between Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

He predicted that the president will be declared winner by noon on election day, adding that Nigerians were happy with the level of development recorded so far that they could not afford not to re-elect President Buhari.


Managing life after war: how young people in Uganda are coping

By Teddy Atim

For over two decades between 1986 and 2006, northern Uganda experienced a prolonged conflict pitting government forces against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. The conflict, the longest of Uganda’s post independence struggles, was rooted in the colonial legacy of divide-and-rule. This was often along ethnic and regional lines.

The conflict had a devastating impact on the population. People were killed, maimed, displaced, tortured, abducted and raped. At the height of the conflict, nearly 2 million people were displaced in the two most conflict affected sub regions – Acholi and Lango.

A study found that approximately 100,000 people were killed during the conflict, with another 60,000 to 100,000 abducted by the LRA. Some never returned, most of whom are presumed dead. The study further conservatively estimates that 24,687 individuals were victims of wartime sexual violence and that approximately 3,000 – 8,000 households in the regions have children born of these wartime sexual violence.

These crimes were life-changing and the individuals and their households in the region bear long term physical, emotional, social and economic scars.

Research from northern Uganda shows that young people who experienced or witnessed war crimes, especially those who suffered multiple war crimes, find it hard to regain time lost from schooling. They also experienced challenges maintaining good relations with their families and society in the post-conflict period.

Considering the enduring long-term effects of conflict it’s not surprising that conflict interventions have tended to focus on vulnerability, marginalisation and trauma. But in doing so they may obscure some important factors.

My long-term research in northern Uganda explored how the conflict affected the recovery of young people in the post-conflict period. I found that poverty, as well as societies that were deeply patriarchal, complicated their recovery process.

My research echoes similar findings in studies from other post conflict settings. These also show that broader social and economic conditions – particularly strict patriarchal societies – make it hard for young people to reintegrate into their families and society. These conditions inhibit survival strategies, limit choices and constrain decisions around rebuilding lives. This is particularly true for women survivors of wartime sexual violence and their children born of war.

People in Uganda bear long term physical, emotional, social and economic scars from the years of deadly conflict. EPA/Stephen Morrison.

What I found

One of my key findings debunked the idea that “recovery” is linear or that the end of conflict “normalises” experiences of war crimes. Youth socio-economic recovery is not linear and will take time.

Post conflict recovery is largely driven by the assumption that as soon as conflict ends, normality returns. The assumption posits that people are able to move forward in an upward trajectory in the aftermath of conflict. The reality is far more complex. For example, years after the conflict in northern Uganda ended, young people who suffered multiple war crimes were still struggling to regain education and social status within their communities. And having little or no education affected their productivity, livelihoods, and earning potential – impacts that will likely be passed on to their children.

Similarly, the experience of sexual violence, particularly against young women both during and after conflict, complicated their lives and bred stigma which persisted and was amplified over time.

My findings demonstrate that young people’s lives don’t recover steadily following conflict. Recovery is often followed by periods of deterioration. And improvements can be small or intangible. Progress is likely to take a long time and for generations.

Another key finding was that broader social, cultural, economic, and political conditions also have a major impact on recovery. For example, the ability of young people to recover from conflict seemed largely linked to broader patriarchal gender norms within society as well as levels of impoverishment. An exclusive focus on war experiences misses these nuances.

A patriarchal society sets the conditions under which young women and men renegotiate their place in their families and society. These norms determine what access, opportunities and resources are available to young people to navigate their everyday lives and plan for their futures.

The third major insight was that more attention needs to be given to individual vulnerabilities and agency. While the conflict heightened individual vulnerability and complicated the recovery process, these factors didn’t entirely erase young people’s agency. Some youth were able to effectively and positively manoeuvre even within the limitations of their circumstances.

For example, women with some economic independence and own physical space, were able to negotiate their inclusion and acceptance in post-conflict society. That said, while some women’s choices led to positive outcomes, other women’s choices had negative effects, particularly when attempting to challenge patriarchy. They risked being locked out of family and social support systems as a result of their choices.

Going forward

Young people’s post-conflict reality calls attention to events beyond their war crimes experience. This includes the need to address the socio-cultural and economic environment prior, during and after conflict. Paying attention to these conditions provides a rich insight into their complex lives as they dictate and define access to opportunities and choices in the post-conflict period.

Finally, while suffering war crimes and experiencing conflict causes vulnerability, young people are not devoid of agency. It is important to look at every instance of progress or agency rather than reinforcing their vulnerability.

Source The Conversation

Kenya President Kenyatta Lauds Youth for Looking Beyond Tribe to Intermarry

By Editor

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the future of Kenya where there is no tribalism is being moulded by its youth who are rejecting the ways of the older generations.

The President spoke at the wedding of the daughter of Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, Makena Murungi and James Bukusi held at the Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi County.

“We celebrate the coming together of our people. This generation is doing a tremendous thing because they do not see barriers amongst them. They see the person they went to school with and the person they work with. That is whom they respect. That is who they fall in love with and marry,” said the President.

The President and Deputy President William Ruto said Kenyans should celebrate their different cultures instead of seeing them as barriers to their friendship and unity.

Kenyatta praised young Kenyans who respect and tolerate those they study or work without any influence of ethnic prejudices.

He said Kenya will become more secure and prosperous when Kenyans start accepting each other without using tribe or religion as a guide.

“That is the Kenya we are looking for. A Kenya where we have respect for one another, where we cherish our different cultures,” said the President.

He encouraged the youth to be the foundation for a better future for the nation as he wished the newlyweds a happy and blessed union.

Deputy President Ruto said the marriage of James and Makena was an indication of the positive attitudes of Kenya’s youth.

He said Kenyan youth are going beyond tribal boundaries to set ground for a stronger nation.

The DP said the marriage of Makena Murungi to James Bukusi, whose parents originate from Busia County, was a step in the right direction as it is helping to build bridges between Kenyan communities.

“You are assisting the President in building bridges,” said the DP. He said every Kenyan must take deliberate steps to go beyond ethnic boundaries, faiths and political parties to create a more harmonious nation.

DP Ruto said young Kenyans of marriage age should be encouraged to settle down saying that the family is the foundation of any society.

“The foundation of a nation is the family and we have come to celebrate your marriage,” the Deputy President counselled.

Source Capital FM