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Round Table: Youth, Social Transformations and Development in Africa

Child and Youth Institute Session 2012

Dakar, 31 October 2012, 14h00 - 17h00

Venue : CODESRIA, Dakar

Chair : Prof Mwenda Ntarangwi,
Director Child and Youth Institute – 2012

SPEAKERS

Africa is a young continent with up to forty percent of its population aged between fifteen and twenty-four and more than two thirds below thirty years. This conspicuous size of the youth has contributed to the complex and at times vicarious place they occupy in Africa today and hence demands a deepened approach to research and analyses capable of capturing this complexity of youth identity, lives, ambitions, and the critical role they play in transforming their societies. The 2012 Edition of the Institute on Child and Youth Studies on the theme “Youth, Social Transformation and Development” aims at promoting new ways of analyzing these complex issues.

M. Cheikh Tidiane Dièye

is a sociologist by training. He holds a doctorate in development studies. He is the Coordinator of the Programme on Trade, Regional Integration and Development at ENDA - Third World. He is the Coordinator of the Secretariat of the June 23 Movement. The June 23 Movement or M23 is the result of the civic and political opposition to the passing of a bill enabling the election of a president- vice-president on only 25% of the vote. The M23 distinguished itself during the pre-election and election periods.

M. Fadel Barro

is a journalist and works with the magazine La Gazette. He is a founding member and coordinator of the ‘Y’en a marre’ movement. Founded in January 2011, this movement is made up of youth and rappers who dedicated themselves to the defense of the Constitution of Senegal through awareness campaigns ("daas fananal, "fanaane daas", "my voting card, my weapon") for youth registration on the voters lists. The movement is famous for exposing the problems faced by Senegalese with its “Problem Fair”.

M. Cheikh Fall

is trainer in documentary research on Scientific and Technical Information and 2.0 tools. He is the Regional Coordinator of the open and distance training Programme of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie. Cheikh Fall is an Internet activist. He initiated the first citizen web platform in Senegal: http://www.ruepublique.net/ of which he is the director and editor. He is also the initiator of the social democracy web project sunu2012 that covered and monitored the Senegalese presidential election in February 2012. Sunu2012 is a web proactive citizen initiative for a transparent democratic process.

M. Didier Awadi

is a pioneer of hip-hop in Senegal and a founding member of the rap group Positive Black Soul that was to become PBS Radikal. In 2003, Awadi received the RFI Music Award. His significant music production includes "J’accuse", "Mame Boye" aimed at President Abdoulaye Wade and "Présidents d’Afrique." Awadi has recently made a documentary film titled "The point of view of the lion" in which he discusses the problems of Africa, such as illegal emigration.