Who are we?
We are a group of African Students who firmly believe in the African Union’s guiding vision for Agenda 2063 of “ An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena”.
Whilst analyzing Agenda 2063, we realized that there are multiple reasons that inhibit the African youth from providing pivotal solutions to the continent’s lackluster development.
In September 2018, we decided to create a Student Led Think Tank (Decentralized, Non-Profit & Non-Partisan) that will focus on Entrepreneurship & Public Policy in Africa. This initiative, The African Agenda, resulted into a network of Africa oriented student chapters at universities all over the world.
As we all know, Africa suffers intensely from ‘Brain Drain’. Africa’s brightest and luckiest students move abroad at an early age and immediately lose touch with their continent’s reality. They are thrust into an academic curriculum and lifestyle that has an extremely low emphasis on African Development. Upon graduation, they set aboard a meaningless career path, in the external world, which solely includes prospective financial incentives. When they do contemplate returning back to Africa to create positive change, they tend to be risk averse due to their poor networks back on the continent, lack of a solid foundation on the continent’s inner-workings and common misconceptions. Most of those who are willing to seize the change-making opportunity fail and this severely reinforces the false notion of Africa being ‘cursed’. The vicious cycle perpetuates as the hopes of Africa’s youth evaporate in the Sahara and drown in the Mediterranean Sea.
Meetings & Conferences: Students will have the opportunity to interact with like minded peers and renowned guest speakers at chapter meetings and conferences. Conferences will be organized using ultra low budget methods to eventually maximize participation of geographically distant members.
Rigorous Analysis and Intellectual Debates: Meetings and Conferences will have a high emphasis on rationalizing using ‘First Principles’ and communicating with ‘Radical Truth and Transparency’ (no emotions) with regards to every single pertinent topic. Reputable sources, contextualization of Local Perspectives and avoidance of Analysis Paralysis is simultaneously required. Our continent will never progress if we don’t put any effort in doing so!
Multidisciplinary Approach: Since every discipline is interrelated and interconnected with each other, Students will gain a high level of understanding of a broad range of subjects such as African Philosophy, History, Environmental Sciences, Healthcare Policy, Social Sciences. To achieve this feat, We will be intentionally combining and utilizing various learning styles such as Action Learning, Cooperative Learning, Peer to Peer Learning and Autodidacticism.
Networking: Students will be able to enhance their professional networks on a face to face basis at chapter meetings and conferences. To further facilitate interactions, Students will also have access to an online database with every member’s contact details using selective filters.
Emphasis on Problem Solving & Taking Action: Students are highly encouraged and peer pressured to launch new initiatives via entrepreneurial methods or to formulate innovative policy proposals to tackle specific problems.
Online Academic Journal: Students can publish their Policy Proposals in a journal that will be made available to policy makers, academicians, journalists, etc. Unlike the traditional MUN/MAU events, your valuable hard work will not go to waste!