Unlocking Africa’s Potential through an Empowered Youth

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This increase can in fact represent a powerful breakthrough in the much-coveted energy revolution: global decision-makers must empower young people to bring in the determination and new ideas we need to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also to put them at the centre of a necessary reorganisation of our productive and resource allocations models.

The topic of climate change represents, with no doubt, a privileged field to amplify the youth’s voice – according to the United Nations, 65% of people between 18 and 35 are of the opinion that climate change constitutes a worldwide emergency. This number climbs further for young people under the age of 18. African youth, therefore, are poised to be a vital force in the energy transition, introducing new ideas and pursuing jobs that are targeted at decarbonizing the industry.

The younger generations in Africa are often spokesmen of an emergency, but they also have an unparalleled level of knowledge about the causes of climate change and possible remedies, such as the use of renewable energy sources and sustainable business practices. They also have all the credentials to embrace the undergoing fast-paced technological, environmental, and business evolutions that are challenging to identify and predict for older segments of the population, thanks to their innate ability to create, change, and innovate, which can turn into pure gold when it comes to African societies. 

Unfortunately, as valuable as they are, brilliant solutions at the service of the energy transition are not sufficient, if not matched with adequate financial, institutional and educational support. At RES4Africa, we strive to tackle this issue through a variety of dedicated activities, including representation, funding, empowerment (Young Talent of the Year Award), and capacity building (RES4Africa Academy).

In conclusion, the growth of Africa’s population presents an opportunity for the continent to focus on the young generations, who are intimately passionate about positive change and have the potential to be a driving force in the energy transition. That’s why African youth must be given the opportunity to participate in the decision-making processes, be empowered, and be provided with the necessary skills and knowledge. By combining the efforts of African youth, global decision-makers, and dedicated entities such as RES4Africa, we can continue enabling the continent to achieve its full, resilient, inclusive and sustainable development.

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Onur Yilmaz

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