Youth Innovation Challenge Program
About 50% of Africa’s population is below the age of 18 and an extraordinarily high percentage of it is between the ages of 15-25, and this figure is growing by the day making Africa amongst the most ‘youthful’ continents. Despite this, African Youth are often placed at the margins of the public sphere and major political, socio-economic, and cultural dialogues. Above all, 72% of African Youth live on less than $2 a day. Africa’s poverty is therefore largely a problem of the youth.
The African Technology Policy Studies network (ATPS) therefore places a huge emphasis on building capacities of African youth and women as drivers of their own destinies and Africa’s development, through dynamic engagement in science, technology and innovation (STI) policy research, policy process and policy practice. It was in pursuance of this objective that the African Youth Forum for Science and Technology (AYFST) was initiated in 2005 in collaboration with the Centre for Tropical Agriculture, CTA, the Netherlands. Since then, the AYFST has provided a useful platform for African Young Professionals to build capacity in STI policy research, policy dialogue and policy practice both within Africa and in the Diaspora (for details see, http://www.ayfst.org).