Recommendations to the AU-EU Summit in Abidjan in November 2017

With the world’s largest population under 18, Africa is the world’s youngest continent. While this generation between 15 and 30 years holds a lot of potential, it is also faced with a lot of challenges. Unemployment, poor living conditions, famines, consequences of climate change, terror and armed conflicts, are circumstances that make building a future for on eself or a family unstable, unpredictable, unsafe. Where people suffer from such problems, the situation gives rise to the youth seeking a betterfuture –the central question being, how and where they can find it.

The 4th NOW-conference, organised by NOW and the International Institute for Peace in Kampala, brought together participants from more than 10 Sub‐Sahara African countries, European experts, politicians, refugees and young activists. During the three days of conference we jointly discussed the situation and perspectives of the African youth, migrants and refugees, with the intention to listen and learn. Key findings and recommendations will be published for the 5th EU‐Africa Summit in Côte d’Ivoire. All attendees actively took part in working sessions and they are willing to promote their ideas and conclusions of this conference in the upcoming months to influence the deliberations and outcomes of the EU-AU summit.