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dc.contributor.author Amupanda, Job S.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-10T15:29:53Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-10T15:29:53Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Amupanda, J.S. (2018). Who is in the ‘‘We’’? interrogating the African union’s agenda 2063 and youth political participation. International Journal of African Renaissance Studies - Multi-, Inter- and Transdisciplinarity, 13(1) ,56-76. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/2358
dc.description.abstract Most analyses of the African Union (AU) have focused on the politics of the state and the presidents. There are very few analyses that have focused on aspects such as youth development. The point of departure for this article therefore, is youth development. I argue that although the youth were always part of important historical developments in Africa, they remain on the periphery. In recent times, particularly since the transformation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) into the AU in the 2000s, the youth development agenda has begun to receive the attention at policy level. In 2015 the AU, through Agenda 2063 went a step further by including youth development into mainstream continental policy frameworks. While we welcome all these developments it has emerged that the continent remains hesitant in the area of youth development. Where the AU and its member states have adopted the discourse of youth inclusion—in cases where youth political participation is often limited, such efforts are not met with fitting institutional and practical policy arrangements. The article posits that the African elite is in for a rude awakening as we have witnessed—since 2011—given the discovery by the African youth of new methods of political participation in post-colonial Africa. The article advocates for the adoption of the African community outlook to youth state policy, argues for the youth to be linked to the project of economic freedom, and implores the African elite to embark on the decolonial project to resolve the bearing coloniality of being, power and knowledge. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Agenda 2063 en_US
dc.subject African union en_US
dc.title Who is in the ‘‘We’’? interrogating the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and youth political participation en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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