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13 March 2019

Youth development in Africa to take the centre stage at the 2019 AYGS Conference

Adziliwi Nematandani
Press Release

Pretoria, Wednesday 13 March 2019 – Emerging scholars from different parts of Africa will meet in South Africa for the 13th annual Africa Young Graduates and Scholars (AYGS) conference to be held at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Auckland Park Kingsway Campus from 18 to 20 March 2019.

Taking place under the theme, Youth Development in Africa: Challenges, Solutions and the Way Forward, the AYGS 2019 Conference, co-hosted this year by the Africa Institute of South Africa in the HSRC and the Division for Internationalisation at the University of Johannesburg, will explore youth development challenges in Africa based on solicited scholarly papers from emerging academics and researchers from the continent. Participants will include young academics from Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The 2019 conference will serve as a platform for young scholars, policy makers, and key actors in the development sector to produce and share research-based knowledge about Africa’s developmental challenges.
During the two and a half days of robust debate, special focus will be placed on the participants’ awareness of, and ability to, engage with topical youth development challenges and opportunities facing the region in a scholarly manner.

The event will start with an opening plenary roundtable conversation on Youth and Development and a plenary panel on Africa’s Youth Dividend, Fact or Farce? The opening plenary will be followed by the presentation sessions based on the sub-themes of the conference.

The AYGS 2019, co-hosted by AISA/HSRC and UJ has also partnered with the International Science Council – Regional Office for Africa, the National Youth Development Agency, WAELE Africa, the Mandela Institute for Development Studies and the Youth Development Institute of South Africa.

The media is invited as follows:
Date:        18 March 2019
Time:        09h00-11h00
Venue:      University of Johannesburg Arts Centre, Auckland Park Kingsway Campus

For more information or to set up interviews, please contact Adziliwi Nematandani, 0827659191 or
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About the Africa Young Graduates and Scholars (AYGS) conference

The annual AYGS conference is a research capacity-building project which was conceived in 2005 with the aim of building a body of knowledge and to project the African ‘VOICE’ in various discourses about the continent.

It is further intended to bridge the existing gap of expertise in knowledge production on African affairs by developing a society of knowledge producers among the youth.

The main objectives of the annual conference is to provide a platform for young and emerging scholars on the African continent to present their research on the challenges facing African societies.

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