By 2030, Africa will have the youngest population on earth. According to the UN Population Division, 70 percent of the population is currently under 30. Yet, the average age of politicians in Africa is 65 years, while the average age of the populations they govern is 19. In order to improve the responsiveness of government officials to the needs of their people, it is critical to encourage greater participation of women and youth leaders within the public service, in order to capitalize on their unique perspectives and know-how. As a young leader herself, Hadeel Ibrahim, Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, will share her insights on the power of youth and female leadership and discuss how her generation can make a difference in the fight for good governance and equal representation in public service.
Join the Wilson Center Women in Public Service Project in partnership with the Wilson Center Africa Program from 11am–12pm on July 22, 2016 in the 6th floor auditorium for Ready to Lead: Encouraging Youth to Enter Public Service, a discussion with Hadeel Ibrahim.
This event will be livetweeted and webcast at this page. Follow the Africa Program Twitter account @AfricaUpClose and the Women in Public Service Twitter account @WPSProject and contribute to the conversation using the hashtag #emergingyouthleaders.