Africa’s young people are the future of the continent — 60% of its population is estimated to be under 30 years of age, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). 

This means African youth have an important role to play in shaping the future of the continent and the actions that Africa’s young people take today have critical ramifications for Africa’s place in the world tomorrow. 

Africa’s youth are also faced with many challenges including a considerable lack of employment opportunities, poverty, poor education, poor health practices, and gender biases. 

With 38 of the 40 youngest countries in the world by 2050 projected to be in Africa, it is imperative that young Africans get involved in advocacy and take action to create the future.

To celebrate Youth Day of Service (YDoS), an annual week-long, pan-African youth-led social action campaign that begins on International Youth Day on Aug. 12, Global Citizen is highlighting seven youth-focused organisations in Africa that are already taking action in their countries and communities to create change.