About the programme
YouthConnekt is a multi-dimensional programme which aims at connecting youth to their role models, peers, resources, technologies, skills and economic opportunities by filling the gap between youth and opportunities for an economically empowering environment. Our partnership with the Tony Elumelu Foundation, launched in 2019, focuses on youth entrepreneurship and empowerment in Africa and plans to support 100,000 African entrepreneurs over 10 years.
The programme provides opportunities for the African youth to unleash their creativity and leadership in civic, economic and political spheres aiming at a mindset change and transformation. To this end it ensures greater access to capital and markets; skills development, and a sustained investment in training; apprenticeship and education through partnerships, in particular in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and more dynamic TVET schemes for industrialization of Africa. It coordinates and nurtures collaboration between existing youth empowerment initiatives, hubs and a continental network of youth empowerment experts across Africa.
"The youth should be at the heart of any development agenda. We need to invest in their potential, talent, energy and enthusiasm and create the opportunity for them to fully realize their dreams."
Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Africa