About the Youth Forum

Creating a Vision for the Africa that we want to see

The Africities Summit is the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa’s flagship pan African event that is held every three years in Africa. The Africities Summit mobilizes city and subnational governments of African countries, as well as financial institutions, the business sector, civil society organizations and development partners at continental and international levels. The aim of the Africities Summits is to address and debate major challenges that the continent faces for the realization of the Vision 2063 of the African Union.

Its mains objectives are to

  • Contribute to find the best strategies to improve the living conditions of the African people and
  • Define ways and means to accelerate the dynamic of integration, peace building and unity on the continent, starting from its territories.

The 2018 Africities Summit Youth Forum is organized by UCLG Africa with the scientific and technical support of BEES 55, an international solidarity network of competences, synergies and initiatives at the service of job creation and the development of entrepreneurship for Africa.

In the framework of the 2018 Africities Summit Youth Forum, a competition is open to young Africans in order to harvest as many ideas as possible to accelerate the transition towards sustainable cities and territories in Africa, targeting the two horizons of 2030 and 2063

The Youth Forum is open to young Africans aged between 15 and 35, from Africa and from the Diaspora. The competition aims at selecting 20 young Africans that will be invited free of charge at the 2018 Africities Summit where they will participate in a Creativity Lab consisting of a Cartoon Camp Challenge and a Virtual Reality Contest, around the topic of “IMAGINE A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR AFRICA AND ITS CITIES AND TERRITORIES, IN 2030 AND 2063”

The 20 young Africans selected to participate in the Creative Young Innovators Lab will work during 4 days (from 20 to 23 November 2018) in:

  1. The Cartoon Camp Challenge, in view of helping the participants to project themselves into the future. The Cartoon Camp promotes a mindset conducive to innovation. Building dreams is at the root of any innovation project. The Cartoon Camp will create an innovation-friendly environment that facilitates the transformation of good ideas into useful products and services to support the transition towards sustainable cities and territories in Africa at the 2030 horizon and at the 2063 horizon.

The Cartoon Camp will help the youth to think about smart cities and smart economies based on African values and producing an adequate standard of living for Africans. The Cartoon Camp will allow young people to think about Africa with all its imperfections and all its qualities and to suggest solutions inspired by local know-how but also by new technologies. Projects may concern: § the organization of city systems in different countries or the continent as a whole; § spatial Planning or organization of a particular city in a certain country; § the proposal of types of construction, buildings, housing, equipment, street furniture or any other product, highlighting the inclusion in a dynamic of sustainable development taking into account the latest technological developments and the respect for the most fundamental African values.

  1. The Virtual Reality Contest that will consist of a hackathon competition. Participants will conceptualize, create and plan prototypes of IT solutions to speed up the transition towards sustainable cities and territories in Africa, with a priority given to the following areas:
    1. energy solutions
    2. food security
    3. access to water and sanitation services, waste management and waste valorisation
    4. development and maintenance of infrastructure for transport, mobility and telecommunication
    5. tourism, culture and heritage
    6. education
    7. health systems
    8. other solutions…

The qualified prototypes will then be submitted to the Africities 2018 delegates for the designation of the 3 best projects of the Creative Lab, Virtual Reality Category, during the AWARD Ceremony of the closing Gala Dinner on 24 November 2018.