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Policy Dialogue: Youth Lab at the Pan African Parliament

The sixth sitting of the Pan African Parliament was hosted in Midrand, South Africa. On the 22-23 May 2015 Youth Lab was honoured to participate in the PAP’s intergenerational youth dialogue that provided youth organisations and political parties youth formations an opportunity to engage with the Chair of the African Union Dr Dlamini-Zuma as well as Members of Parliaments from across the continent. Youth specific issues guided the agenda and young people were provided with an opportunity to express their views on the future of youth and the youth agenda on the continent.

The African Governance Architecture of the AU also used the opportunity to host a youth expert’s workshop on the 24-25 May 2015 that focused on creating implementable strategies for including youth in governance and policy decision-making at various levels of governance. This meeting produces great insights into work being done by youth in different countries and showed that with youth at the table it is possible to improve the quality and efficacy of youth interventions. Youth Lab looks forward to more opportunities to engage with youth and governance structures such as the AU in promoting the involvement of youth at all levels of thought and action.

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