It is estimated that 60% of the African population is under 24 years old. With high population growth rates, Africa will be responsible for more than half of the global population increase between 2015 and 2050. These data can generate fear or hope, depending on the perspective from which you look. But the reasons for fear or hope are not in the demographic data itself, but in the way in which African societies face their challenges and in which they involve the youth.
This workshop will offer an introduction to the concept of youth, how it has appeared in the development, peace and security agendas of the continent and how a new paradigm of action evidenced by the Resolution of the United Nations Security Council on Youth emerges. , Peace and Security (Nr. 2250, 2015). This new approach recognizes youth agency in the processes of peace and development which means stop thinking of youth only as a group to be protected, protected, feared or contained. There will be examples of activism and involvement of youth groups and movements in processes of peace and development, some documented in the book "Juventud en África, motor del cambio" Libros de la Catarata/ Casa África, 2018.
After this introduction, participants will be able to interview young African leaders via Skype who will tell about their contexts and projects of social and political involvement. The workshop will close with the collective conclusions: What do these changes mean in the public policy agendas? What can we learn from these examples of youth involvement in Africa?