COVID-19 and it’s Impact on Youth Participation in Development in West Africa

COVID-19 and it’s Impact on Youth Participation in Development in West Africa

The coronavirus health crisis has exacerbated the challenges of youth participation and inclusion in development in West Africa. The impact of this crisis has been twofold. On one hand, it has had serious impacts on youth, while on the other hand, it has made it possible to experience the innovative potential of the youth and their ability to contribute to development. Beyond the challenges it has generated, the Coronavirus crisis also offers States the opportunity to rethink their national policy to strongly include the continent’s young men and women, and to consider the need for specific youth protection. Although young people represent more than half of the African population, their participation and inclusion in the process of development and sustainable peacebuilding in West Africa remain low.

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