NIMD’s Africa Regional Representative, Augustine Magolowondo, was invited to the African Union 2017 East and Southern Africa Regional Youth Consultation to share his experience on the role of political parties in enhancing youth participation in electoral processes.
This year’s Youth Consultations took place in Arusha, Tanzania, around the theme of “Enhancing young people’s meaningful participation in electoral processes in Africa”.
The overall goal of the AU Consultations was to provide a collaborative, open and inclusive space for young people to objectively reflect on progress made so far, challenges encountered and prospects for enhancing meaningful youth participation in Africa’s democratization processes.
Augustine Magolowondo took part in the event as a panellist in the session on “political parties as an avenue for young people’s’ meaningful participation in electoral process”.
In his speech, Augustine explored the relationship between political parties and young people. He stressed that party youth wings are not enough; political parties need to work on representing young people through genuine agendas.
NIMD is proud to have been able to participate in this important event towards enhancing youth participation, and stresses the crucial role of political parties in this process.