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African Youth Collectively SMS for an Empowered Africa

According to an article published on Text to Change, sixty percent of the African population is under the age of 35. This makes African youth the best development asset in coming decades. We need to know their needs and aspirations and take them into account as we set the post-2015 development framework for Africa.

 

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In May earlier this year, Text to Change (TTC) published a news item about Voice Africa’s Future, a project by the African Monitor, in partnership with TTC and local partners. They undertook an initiative using innovative mobile phone technology to ensure youth participation in the post-2015 development framework. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of 2000 have served as a global compact for poverty reduction and are set to expire in 2015.

The United Nations has led processes to shape the post-2015 development framework in various countries, thematic consultations are coming to conclusion and the inter-governmental process has begun. Through various events, roundtables and thousands of SMSs, African youth was able to express their vision for post-2015 Africa. These voices were used as substantive inputs in country, regional and global processes.

TTC teamed up with telecom provider Orange to target young Africans by mobile phone in order to hear their voice. These mobile surveys were carried out in six African countries: Botswana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana.

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