Youth Leadership in the Public Service Sector in Africa: Opportunities for Engagement?

Youth Leadership in the Public Service Sector in Africa: Opportunities for Engagement?

Are the youth as apathetic and disengaged as perceived in the African society? A closer examination of governance and political systems in Africa reveals this observation to be inaccurate. Analysis shows that the continent has had young leaders at the state government level from a time that preceded the independence.  The youth have recurrently demonstrated willingness and an ability to contribute to the national development process from identification of issues to implementation and monitoring (UN, 2018). Yet, without the guidance, understanding, support, and recognition of government leaders and other decision-makers, they have been unequipped for full participation in the decisions affecting their lives (Kura, 2008). Even though the youth have in a flattering manner been involved in leadership processes, they have been unable to translate their numerical majority consistently and suitably into youth-friendly policies.

 

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