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African Youth Alliance (AYA)


The African Youth Alliance is a collaborative program between the United Nations Population Fund, the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), and Pathfinder International—three expert development groups that have come together to form a unique and significant alliance to reduce the incidence and spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and improve overall adolescent reproductive health in Botswana, Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda. By partnering with governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), community-based and youth-serving groups, AYA aims to make a significant difference in young people’s lives by providing resources and support to encourage their healthy behavior.

The African Youth Foundation (AYF)


The African Youth Foundation is a nonprofit development organization based in Bonn, Germany, with a regional office in Accra, Ghana. It was established in 2000 to aid young Africans in Africa and its diaspora, as well as Europeans of African descent, to undertake projects that will enable them to obtain skills necessary for their future livelihoods. The organization specializes in training young people in business and entrepreneurial skills through the help of local business institutions. AYF promotes self-awareness, researches development conditions in African countries, and analyzes favorable conditions for development and participation of youth in social life.

Commonwealth Youth Program (CYP), Africa


The Commonwealth Youth Program Africa Center is located in Lusaka, Zambia, and is one of four centers established to serve the member countries of the Commonwealth. The CYP Africa Center responds to youth development for 21 countries. CYP Africa Center’s programs are aimed at improving youth livelihoods. CYP Africa implements the Action for Youth Empowerment and has developed an African Youth Caucus. In addition, it has two specialized projects: the Young Ambassadors of Positive Living Program (YAPL) was initiated as a response to the challenges posed by the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people and Project Hope (Northern Uganda Youth Development Centre [NUYDC]), which aims to contribute to the rebuilding of Northern Uganda in partnership with youth through decent employment and positive living. It is a partnership project between CYP Africa and the Ugandan government.

Youth Action International (YAI)


Youth Action International is a global nonprofit working to rebuild wartorn African communities. The organization establishes safe and healthy environments for women and their children by providing for their core needs and developing new community infrastructure. YAI is run by a network of young international leaders who are defining a new approach to delivering humanitarian aid. By leveraging the use of local materials and employing local people, YAI maximizes the economic and social impact of programs that include building schools and playgrounds as well as micro-lending. It runs projects in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Ghana. It is financed by USAID, corporate and individual donors in the United States, and several American foundations.