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  • AAP Public Dialogue Series - Youth Entrepreneuship: Universities and Youth in Conversation
    Recording of AAP Public Dialogue on November 30, 2022   African countries are experiencing exponential growth in the youth population. However, economies are not creating new wage-earning jobs fast enough to absorb the growing workforce. This, coupled with the seasonal nature of labor demand, leaves many skilled youths in a crisis. Fostering entrepreneurship has become a key pillar to expanding employment opportunities for youth since it creates employment prospects for young people, builds ingenuity and resilience, and builds their demographic dividend but is yet to be fully harnessed.   Co-hosted with Egerton University
    By: Justin Rabineau
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    USAID Administrator Samantha Power: A New Vision for Global Development
    USAID Administrator Samantha Power delivers remarks outlining a bold vision for the future of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and inclusive development around the world. The speech takes place as USAID celebrates its 60th anniversary. Administrator Samantha Power's remarks will be followed by a conversation with 2020 USAID Payne Fellow Katryna Mahoney
    By: Derek Tobias
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    [RUFORUM Press Release] Seventh African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Triennial Conference
    Kampala 17 August 2021: The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the Seventh African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Triennial Conference that will be hosted by the Government of the Republic of Benin in partnership with the University of Abomey Calavi, University of Parakou and the National University of Agriculture, from the 06th – 10th December, 2021 at Palais des Congres de Cotonou, Benin. The Seventh African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Triennial Conference will run under the theme “Operationalising Higher Education for Innovation, Industrialisation, Inclusion and Sustainable Economic Development in Africa: A Call for Action”   The conference will bring together participants from across Africa and the world to discuss how African universities are working toward improving their mandates of training, research and outreach, to produce innovations and entrepreneurial youth that meet the demands in the global competitive market. The participants will be drawn from Universities, Civil Society Organizations-CSOs, National and International Research Organizations, Development Partners, Governments, Continental and Regional Organizations, African Union Commission, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Non-Governmental Organizations, the Private sector, farmers & farmer representatives, emerging & early career researchers, and young entrepreneurs from especially Benin and other West African countries. Universities, private sector actors and young entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to showcase their innovations, products and services. Due to the restrictions and risks associated with the COVID-19, African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Triennial Conference is being organized using a blended approach, which will include both face-to-face and virtual meetings. RUFORUM will recognise farmers that have made significant contribution to agricultural transformation in Benin as a way of supporting national advancement and transformation of agriculture. RUFORUM shall also recognise scientists and other actors that have made significant contribution and supported the advancement of excellence in research and higher education for the development of Africa. Young Innovators and Entrepreneurs from Benin will be recognised to promote the contribution of the youth to the economic development of Africa and to provide youth with the forum to demonstrate their innovations. The Conference will be preceded by several virtual side events including: Scientific Data Management training for Post-Graduate Students Using R Programming Language, Evaluating the Impact of Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness Training, Social media training for students, Interdisciplinary Training for Early Career Scientists & doctoral students, and a business & entrepreneurship training for Young Innovators and entrepreneurs. This year, because of the COVID-19 restrictions and risks associated with travel during this period, it will not be possible for all delegates to travel to Benin to participate. Therefore, some delegates will be requested to participate virtually through an online platform. We have therefore designed the attendance Questionnaire for RUFORUM Triennial Conference 2021 to enable the organizers know your preference in terms of traveling to Benin or attending the event face to face or virtually. We will also be happy to get essential information about you to enable effective planning. This questionnaire is expected to take not more than 7 minutes of your time.   Learn more: https://ruforum.wordpress.com/2021/08/19/press-release-seventh-african-higher-education-week-and-ruforum-triennial-conference/?utm_source=RUFORUM+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=d18db56afe-RUFORUM+Weekly+-+Vol.3+No.25_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcfbb8a0b-d18db56afe-346973753&ct=t()&goal=0_1fcfbb8a0b-d18db56afe-346973753&mc_cid=d18db56afe&mc_eid=d95cf18a8d 
    By: Madeleine Futter

  • Empowering Youth in Agriculture with Youth-focused Initiatives Webinar
    African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) is hosting a webinar 26 Aug 08:00-10:00 EST (14:00-16:00 CAT). This webinar's objectives include: Provide a platform for knowledge and experience exchange on the importance of Agricultural Technological Innovation for food security and as a catalyst to boost productivity and economic growth on the African continent. Focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and education. It is designed specifically for AGRISME Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. Awareness creation on the opportunities and how to maximize the opportunities. Promote an Entrepreneurial mindset as a job generation tool Showcase AGRISME success stories - Success breeds success Promote partnerships and leverage strengths among actors in the Agriculture sector The webinar consists of a two-hour live streamed meeting, open to the public, with an expert panel and the opportunity for Q&A.   To Register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eifrlae2a9592f0f&llr=m5euwduab 
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    The Emerging African Scholars' Virtual PhD Workshop 2021: Combined Professional Development Workshop
    ARCOSA has published a recording of their Emerging African Scholar's Virrtual PhD Wrokshop for anyone to view! This video specifically captures the "Navigating the Publication Process: Advice for Junior Scholars from Journal Editors" session.    The session was anchored by Professor Zachariah Mampilly; Marxe Endowed Chair of International Affairs at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at City University New York.
    By: Madeleine Futter

  • Public Dialogue Series: Pathways to Resilience: African Youth and Africa's Transformation
    AAP is hosting our next Public Dialogue “Pathways to Resilience: African Youth and Africa’s Transformation” on Wednesday, June 9 at 8:00am-9:30am EDT. In this dialogue session, we will  hear from African youth  as well as  researchers and stakeholders  in different sectors  that support young people to achieve their goals. We will also discuss the opportunities available with the African Youth Transformation Platform  (AYTP), a  program  established jointly by the AAP and  MSU’s  Global Youth Advancement Network (GYAN) for youth, researchers, stakeholders from the public, private  sector  and civil society,  and other  strategic  partners    This dialogue is co-hosted by Learn more: https://aap.isp.msu.edu/engage/aap-public-dialogue-series/  To register: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/1116210119333/WN_Q9eQ7_F7SVukBXfNyrP_kw    
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    African Alliance for Youth Sport and Entrepreneurship Video
    The AAP-funded African Alliance for Youth Sport and Entrepreneurship (AAYSE) program aims to test the effects of a structured, sport-based life skills and entrepreneurship program on life skills and entrepreneurial mindsets of youth in Ghana, Botswana, and Tanzania.  Young students were invited to the University of Botswanafor training on entrepreneurship, individual growth, and teamwork through the medium of sports. We look forward to continued success with this team.    Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQZ7S7LHzdU  
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    YIELD Documentary
    Young Innovators in Entrepreneurship and Development (YIELD) published a documentary which demonstrates their success in providing youth employment and entrepreneurship opportunities! YIELD calls for agri-preneurship in order to promote employment, value addition, and higher productivity in Africa.   AAP first provided a seed grant to YIELD in 2017 and continues to support their work. YIELD aims to improve access and maximize opportunities for young entrepreneurs in agri-food systems with international partners MSU Global Youth Advancement Network, Africa Center for Economic Transformation in Ghana, and Sokoine University of Agriculture.   To check out their most recent documentary: https://youtu.be/YxAtO09afMo   To explore resources YIELD has given for young agri-preneurs: https://globalyouth.isp.msu.edu/programs-projects/yield/yield-shop-webinar-series/
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    Youth as Catalysts for Agricultural Transformation - Borlaug Dialogue/WFP Side Event
    Follow the link to watch the Youth as Catalysts for Agricultural Transformation - Borlaug Dialogue/WFP Side Event recording. This event featured a discussion about research, programmatic and advocacy efforts underway to advance SBAE in Africa, and a call for collaboration across sectors.   Sub-Saharan Africa is home to almost one billion people. By 2050, the population of the region is expected to double, and half will be under the age of 18. Known as the “youth bulge,” this sudden population explosion will exacerbate challenges around youth employment and food security unless policymakers take decisive action, today.      
    By: Elaina Lawrence