NEPAD Youth Essay Competition 2019

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// 3 February 2019
NEPAD Youth Essay Competition 2019

In an effort to promote African youth’s active participation in the continent’s development, the African Union Development Agency/NEPAD is running a short essay contest. The NEPAD Youth Essay Competition 2019 is targeting young African people and its diaspora in proposing concrete pathways through which Agenda 20632, the continent’s framework for transformation, can be fast-tracked.

The contest aims to provide the space through which youths can express their views freely on “The Africa We Want” by articulating their aspirations and ideals for shaping the future of our continent.

Overview of the NEPAD Youth Essay Contest 2019

AUDA/NEPAD recognises African youth as important stakeholders in achieving the Agenda 2063 goals and aspirations.

In this regard, deliberate efforts are being made to harness the intellectual insights and energies of the youth in shaping the pathways and participating in the implementation of Agenda 2063.

Accordingly, AUDA/NEPAD is organising a short essay contest that will serve to solicit novel ideas from Africa’s youth.

Rules and Requirements

The subject of the NEPAD Youth Essay Competition 2019 is “The Africa We Want”.

Participants are invited to submit their innovative ideas through a short essay format.

The ideas or proposals should be those that can potentially have positive societal impact currently.

It could also be those that will transform the African continent in years to come through action/s that need to be taken now.

NEPAD Youth Essay Competition 2019 Judgment Criteria

The essays will be reviewed based on the following criteria

1) Content and relevance in terms of Africa’s development;

2) Innovation and creativity;

3) potential for implementing the idea on a large scale using Africa’s own resources.

Entry Dates, Deadlines and Announcements of Winners

The NEPAD Youth Essay Competition 2019 opens on 21 January 2019 and closes at midnight on 28 February 2019.

Essays must be received by 11:59PM GMT on 28 February 2019 OR postmarked by 28 February 2019 if sent by post.

Winners will be announced in April 2019 at the ‘Championing of Agenda 2063 for #TheAfricaWeWant’ advocacy event in Johannesburg, South Africa.

We urge all entrants residing outside South Africa to therefore have their passports ready, as the top five winners will be invited to the prize-giving ceremony in Johannesburg!!

The winners will all be notified prior to the event by email or phone number provided in the submission.

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Essay Competition Eligibility Requirements

Contestants must be aged between 15 and 35 years by the contest deadline.

Only one proposal per contestant will be accepted.

Contestants must be African citizens; non-African citizens are not eligible to participate in the contest.

All youths (between the ages of 15 and 35) and especially girls, women and people living with disabilities are strongly encouraged to participate.

Essay Competition Instructions

Type the essay on A4 paper size, 2-3 pages maximum. Handwritten essays are accepted and should be on A4 paper size, 2-3 pages maximum. Please include your name on the essay.


Essays can be written in any of the African Union (AU) official languages namely: Swahili, English, French, Arabic and Portuguese.

How to Submit Your Essay Entry

If sending by EMAIL: Scan your entry documents to a .jpg or .pdf format and attach them to the email. Please send the email to

Judging Panel

The judging panel is comprised of five independent individuals who will be nominated by the AUDA/NEPAD.

The panel will review the essays and will select a total of five (5) finalists.

The finalists will be invited to a high level platform in April 2019, called ‘Championing of Agenda 2063 for #TheAfricaWeWant’ in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In addition, the best essays will be posted on AUDA/NEPAD’s website and other platforms.

All five winners will be awarded with prizes at the awards ceremony attended by high profile leaders in Africa.

How to Participate in the NEPAD Youth Essay Competition 2019

Visit the Competition Website now to learn more and prepare your entry.

Remember once again that deadline for Submission of entries is February 28, 2019

Good luck as you participate.

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