The Engagement of Youth in African Societies
Africa Dialogue Monograph Series No. 1/2012
The greatest asset of any nation is its youth. The African Youth Charter defines a youth as a person between the ages of 15 and 35 years. In his address at the 17th Ordinary African Union Summit held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 23 June– 1 July 2011, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, stated that "... if youth make up 40% of the population, and people under the age of 35 make up over 65% of the entire population of the continent, then 65% of the continent's resources should be allocated to this age group".