SOU 51 - Investing in Human Capital at African Local Level, to meet the SDGs and the Africa Vision 2063
PRESENTATION OF THE SESSION
If everyone agrees today on the very important demographic dividend available in Africa, it is clear that the majority of the States of this Continent are facing a serious lack of people with skills and competences, animated with virtues and values to serve.
Because of an environment that is far from motivating and enabling Human Capital, Central and Local governments are facing also hard time in attracting and maintaining talents and sharp profiles into the various structures of public administration. Africa is also facing a serious alarming fact of brain drain affecting Human Capital that Africa needs. In fact, how can we explain that Africa is one of the best endowed continents in natural resources, with a very young demography, but its level of well-being for the citizens and the communities, its attractiveness, its competitiveness, its social inclusion and human development are far from being reflected in the rankings at the international level.
This session will be an opportunity to raise the alarm about the need, if not the urgency, to invest in African human capital at all levels, and especially at the local level, in order to create a supportive environment for human resources where they can innovate, create and produce, if we really want Africa to respond to the African vision, to meet the SDGs and meet its challenges. It will also be an opportunity to recall international commitments and to benefit from a Benchmarking on the best practices in investing in Human Capital at the local level.