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[afro-nets] Please Join the ADF Discussion Group

  • From: Janet Feldman <kaippg@earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 13:32:50 -0500

Please Join the ADF Discussion Group (July 11 - August 19):
"Youth Leadership in the 21st Century"

Friends: Please contact Samuel Adebayo of DPI for more info, as
needed (mailto:adebayo@developmentpartnership.org ), and sub-
scribe to the Yahoogroups forum mentioned below for this consul-

Janet Feldman

The annual African Development Forum (ADF) serves as a critical
meeting-point for African leaders to discuss and reflect on the
challenges faced by Africa and progress made with addressing
them in order to strengthen on-going initiatives and workout
strategies for future interventions. The agenda for each ADF is
usually cross-cutting and thematic issues focused on during ses-
sions are based on the overall conference theme and regional

The theme of this year's ADF is "Youth Leadership in the 21st
Century" and it will be held in Addis Ababa between October 30th
to November 4th 2005. This is a unique opportunity to reflect on
the diverse initiatives of African youth across various issues,
in order to seek the best ways to forge a partnership of young
leaders working on various issues, so as to draw from their
skills, exposure, expertise and experience to support the ef-
forts of their governments towards national development.

More so, as the ADF comes just a few weeks after the tenth year
review of the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY), it
will be a great meeting for young leaders in Africa to work out
practical ways to integrate and further the WPAY priorities at
the national level. This year's ADF is also an opportunity to
launch a regional youth Partnership for Development and a plat-
form to further the objectives of NEPAD, the MDGs and National
Poverty Reduction Strategies.

We invite you to join an active five week long dialogue from
July 11 to August 19 between young leaders from across Africa,
which will focus on ICT4D, Health (including HIV/AIDS/SRH), En-
vironmental Sustainability, Education for All, and Youth Employ-
ment/Entrepreneurship. Discussions each week will focus on the
situation of issues relating to each thematic area and as it af-
fects young people in African countries, and weekly summaries
will be sent to the group in English and French. We will as well
explore the possibility of translating them into Kiswahili.

We hope that this discussion will help us to assess the situa-
tion of youth in the region and evolve strategic recommendations
which can be shared with the young people and leaders that will
be participating at the ADF.

To join the online discussion, please subscribe by sending blank
email to: mailto:developmentpartnership-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or
at http://www.yahoogroups.com/groups/developmentpartnership

Please contact me mailto:adebayo@developmentpartnership.org, if
you have any concerns or queries.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Adebayo Samuel
Media and Strategy Director
Development Partnership International