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DAS Talk - One on One with... Chido Cleopatra Mpemba
With over 453 million Africans aged 15- 35, and therefore belong to the category "youth", it remains a priority that African youth are at the core of the continent’s development agenda recognizing that the development outcomes of Africa’s young people have a significant and lasting effect on the continent’s trajectory. The challenges Africa faces in education, employment, health, and governance are most acutely and directly experienced by Africa’s youth.

The African Union Commission recognizes the importance of centering youth in achieving the aspirations of Agenda 2063 and has continuously prioritized inclusive approaches to ensure that young people are given the opportunity to directly guide the development of the continent as a whole. The Commission’s strategy on youth engagement aims to strengthen its relationship with youth, and equip them with the spaces needed to amplify their voices to audiences of influence while confronting the existing barriers that compromise meaningful youth engagement. This is where the office of the AU Youth Envoy established in 2018 comes in.

The Youth Envoy’s office is mandated to engage African Youth on the continent and in the diaspora in order to draw them towards supporting and promoting positive social change, encourages intergenerational dialogue and concrete action for Africa’s development as underscored and guided by Agenda 2063.

Against this background, the German Africa Foundation invites Chido Mpemba to a new session of DAS Talk. Mpemba has been the African Union Special Envoy on Youth since November 2021 and is the youngest diplomat in the cabinet of the Chairperson of the African Union.
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