Africa for Sustainable Development Fellowship Program seeks to equip 40 youth and women in each cohort in Africa per year starting with East Africa mainly targeting Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya. Projections by the United Nations show that the world population will hit 10 billion people by 2055. Of this growth, Africa will account for 57% of growth (1.4 billion people). In particular, the population of sub-Saharan Africa is projected to double by 2050 (that constitutes a 99% increase). Yet, with such comfortable numbers, the youth ought to be a critical part of the human capital and drivers of economic growth if well exploited. To achieve anything meaningful, the youth ought to be the drivers of conversations around their issues. The fellowship is to help equip this population with development skills to help them not only create solutions but also be drivers o change, and development in Africa.
Course Aims and Outcomes:
To equip young men and women in Africa with knowledge, interpersonal, leadership and development skills to enable them come up with viable and sustainable community projects that address the urgent social, economic and environmental challenges within their communities.
II. Specific Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, the fellows will:
Have a proper understanding of the sustainable development goals
Be able to align their engagements in a sustainable model
Be able to do design thinking in whatever development agenda they are focused on
Understand the engagements under mainstreaming acceleration, policy support and implementation of the SDGs
Fully understand the importance of circular economy in African development
III. Format and Procedures:
The courses will run once a week for 3 months. We will have a 3 hrs of classes. The participants will have to choose a specific day to have discussions on the previous class and do group assignments.
The classes will run online through zoom or google meet.
IV. Registration and cost of fellowship
This fellowship will be free of charge
V. Course Requirements/Eligibility:
Should be a national of that country.
Should be a resident of that county/region.
Should be running or willing to run an SDGs initiative within their community.
Have a good understanding of sustainable development.
Able to spare 6-10hrs per week for classes and engagements
Has demonstrated leadership in the community.
VI. Timeline of fellowship
The fellowship will be for 3 months
Registration from March to May
Start of fellowship is in June
VI. Fellowship Focus
The training will focus on:
Policy formulation and integration
Leadership and sustainable development
Strategies for personal growth and development
Proposal writing and funding strategies in community development