Webinar

African Cities:
What role for the youth?

11 October
2022
Online
10AM | 12PM
GMT + 1
Session I:

Urban youth identity and participation
in democratization & development

3PM | 5PM
GMT + 1
Session II:

Challenges of the urban youth

Overview

By 2050, 35% of the world population will be young and African, compared to 15% in 2000. The accelerated urbanisation that Africa has been experiencing in recent years goes along with an increase in the youngest part of its population, bringing new challenges to the cities.

Today, 60% of the African population is under the age of 24. This peculiarity of the continent is an essential fact to be taken into account in urban planning. Young people should have an important role in the development of African cities models. It is therefore legitimate to position them as actors and authors of the transformation of spaces and living environments that respond to the urban challenges facing the continent (sustainability, well-being, access to essential education services and inclusion.

In this webinar entitled "African cities: what place for young people?" experts will answer the questions of:

  • Youth engagement through different movements;
  • Gender and equity in urban areas;
  • Urban youth activities.

On the agenda

Urban youth identity and participation in democratization & development
Language:
French translated to English

Opening Statement

Speaker: Jérôme CHENAL

10.05 - 10.30 AM

Political identity and participation of urban youth

Speaker: Pr. David Goeury

Researcher in the laboratory "Médiations. Sciences des liens, sciences des lieux" of Sorbonne University. In charge of the "Identifications et sociabilités" axis.
10.30 - 10.55 AM

Is there an urban youth? A reflection in the Maghreb context

Speaker: Dr. Johannes Frische

Postdoctoral researcher from Leipzig University
10.55 - 11.20 AM

African youth movements and the test of citizenship, democracy and development

Speaker: Dr. Ibrahima Touré

Teacher-researcher at the Department of Sociology of the Assane Seck University of Ziguinchor (Senegal)
11.20 - 11.45 AM

The youth paradox: a challenge for public policy in Africa

Speaker: Pr. Francis Akindès

Beninese-Ivorian Professor of Sociology at Alassane Ouattara University (Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire)
QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION

Moderator: Dr. Jawad Agdal

Challenges of the urban youth
Language:
English translated to French
3.00 - 3.25 PM

Challenging Cities: Young Men, Masculinity and Violence

Speaker: Pr. Deevia Bhana

DSI/NRF South African Research Chair in Gender and Childhood Sexuality
3.25 - 3.50 PM

Tackling the challenges of the urban youth through music: the case of the hip hop movement

Speaker: Dr. Marc Sommers

Youth, peacebuilding, security, CVE and Africa specialist
3.50 - 4.15 PM

Urban youth unemployment

Speaker: Dr. Zuzana Brixiova Schwidrowski

Director of the North Africa Office at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
4.15 - 4.40 PM

Young sports African migrants: challenges and constraints of the 'unknown' career abroad

Speaker: Dr. Ernest Yeboah Acheampong

Senior Lecturer/Research Associate in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sports at the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION

Closing statement

Speaker: Jérôme CHENAL

Moderator: Dr. Seddik DARAI

Speakers

Pr. David Goeury

Researcher in the laboratory "Médiations. Sciences des liens, sciences des lieux" of Sorbonne University. In charge of the "Identifications et sociabilités" axis.

Dr. Johannes Frische

Postdoctoral researcher from Leipzig University

Dr. Ibrahima Touré

Teacher-researcher at the Department of Sociology of the Assane Seck University of Ziguinchor (Senegal)

Pr. Francis Akindès

Beninese-Ivorian Professor of Sociology at Alassane Ouattara University (Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire)

Pr. Deevia Bhana

DSI/NRF South African Research Chair in Gender and Childhood Sexuality

Dr. Marc Sommers

Youth, peacebuilding, security, CVE and Africa specialist

Dr. Zuzana Brixiova Schwidrowski

Director of the North Africa Office at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Dr. Ernest Yeboah ACHEAMPONG

Senior Lecturer/Research Associate in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sports at the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana