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March 25 @ 9:23 AM

About the Summit

Over the last 6 years, the YouthConnekt Africa Summit, first hosted in Kigali in 2017, has grown to become Africa’s largest annual convening that connects youth from across the continent and beyond with policy influencers, political leaders, and public, private, and development sector institutions to engage, discuss, design, and accelerate youth empowerment efforts at a continental level.

Hosted by the Government of the Republic of Rwanda, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this 5th edition of the YouthConnekt Africa Summit aspires to deliver even more strongly this year, building on its unique convening power, rich conversations, to impact policies and investments made for continued youth development across the continent.

Inspired by the African Union’s theme of the year, this year’s summit will focus on building the resilience of young people on the African continent to accelerate human capital and socio-economic development.

Who is attending?

  • Heads of State
  • Ministers of Youth
  • Governments Officials
  • AU Commission Leaders
  • Heads of Development Partners
  • International Organizations
  • Business leaders
  • Innovation & Incubation labs
  • Academia
  • Youth (Entrepreneurs, youth leaders, innovators, students)
  • Artists, youth in diaspora and youth living with disabilities
  • Media

Thematic areas

  • En Route to COP 27
  • Youth Discourse for Peace
  • Reimagining Business for Africa’s Cultural and Creative Industry and Sports Economy
  • Leapfrogging into the Digital Era
  • Made in Africa: The Future of Africa’s Production and Trade
  • Forum on the Future of Agriculture and Food Systems in Africa
  • Making the Case for Youth Mental and Sexual Health

What to expect

Over three days, 10,000+ delegates you will be able to participate in different activities aligned cutting across the thematic tracks

Thought leadership roundtables.

A seat at the big table with policy makers.

Xchange Lounges.

Connekt with like-minded change makers.


Learn. Elevate. Change the world.

Spotlight presentations.

Get inspired by trailblazers who shape our world.

High level Plenaries.

Discuss. Debate. Determine…your future.


Kigali, Rwanda
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