Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA), other partners announce competition to raise AfCFTA awareness among young Africans

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The Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA) in collaboration with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, Afreximbank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) invite all youth who are nationals of African countries as well as those in the Diaspora with African citizenship to submit essays, infographics and animation on the topic; “The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): What is in it for young Africans?”.

The creative competition aims to break information asymmetry among youth on the AfCFTA and promote a bottom-up approach to the policy formulation and implementation by harnessing innovative youth-driven solutions that will contribute to active youth engagement in the popularization of the AfCFTA.

The winning essay writer and infographics, animation creators will each receive a prize of $1,000. The essay winner will also receive a paid internship with one of the partner institutions, while the others will receive design contracts with other partners among other prizes.

YALDA together with its partners recognize the critical role of competitions and challenges in awakening the consciousness and inventiveness of the youth to contribute content that can further propel their own understanding of AfCFTA instruments. The competition requires participants aged between 18 and 35 years to either create infographics, animation or write essays and other creative content on the potential impact of the AfCFTA on youth in Africa. The content should display ingenuity in communicating the AfCFTA to young people, by breaking down elements of the AfCFTA into simple and easy to understand content for their peers. The competition is expected to run from 31 July 2021 to November 2021 when the winners will be announced.

YALDA is an international non-profit organization that was established by a group of Harvard University students in September 2004. It’s mission is anchored on a strong desire to achieve development on the African continent not only through collaboration between university students and other youth but by also creating long-lasting networks between the young leaders and leading professionals worldwide.

Interested young Africans who wish to read more about the competition can do so here: https://yaldafrica.org/afcftacompetition

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