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Uganda: youthful delegates leave this week for YouLead Summit in Arusha

YouLead Africa is Africa's flagship Youth Leadership Program working to unlock youth leadership potential for a prosperous continent by identifying, recognizing, connecting and fostering cooperation among Africa's vibrant and influential young leaders and their initiatives.
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YouLead Summit delegates of 2021. Courtesy photo.

Last Updated on: 19th December 2022, 05:06 pm

YouLead Summit 2022 will be convened under the theme: “Digital Access and Future of Work.”


Kampala – December 5, 2022: A delegation of Ugandan youth will this week leave for Arusha, Tanzania to participate in the 6th edition of the YouLead Summit 2022 starting on December 12 to 16.

As of November 30, 318 Ugandans had applied – the majority of whom are on self-sponsorship. 

According to the organizers, there were other two provisions: partial and full sponsorships. However, at least 250 Ugandan delegates will have to pay for themselves to attend the summit.

“YouLead Summit 2022 will bring together an Africa-wide audience with 300-1000 delegates participating physically and thousands more joining online via virtual and live streaming platforms,” the event’s main organizer, MS Training Centre for Development Academy, says.

Noting that Uganda alone has registered huge numbers of delegates, the total attendees could surpass the estimated minimum and maximum projections.

Ivan Atuyambe, Head of Leadership and Governance Academy at MS Training Centre, according to a letter he sent to each of the invited delegates on self-sponsorship from across the continent, reminded them that, “You will be required to meet your costs of a round trip to and from Arusha by road or by air depending on your budget..”

In addition, each is supposed to pay a participation fee of US$50 to cover key summit necessities.

TND News understands that the National Youth Council (NYC) of Uganda has offered to transport 50 delegates who have paid the mandatory fee of US$50. Some delegates who spoke from this publication on condition of anonymity have asked the government to come quickly and help the remaining delegates who wish to attend but can’t afford the “whole summit costs”.   

Some are also requesting that NYC at least increase the number of delegates they are sponsoring to 100. This, they say, will see Uganda “fully represented” at the Summit.

“The future of any country lies in the youth. Young people, for example, have expressed a lot of interest in this summit but unfortunately, they can’t afford it. Many applied for full sponsorship which they never got,” one of the delegates said at the weekend.

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Organizers say there was “due diligence” in admitting who benefits from partial and full sponsorship, adding that funding constraints affected admitting many.  

Arusha will welcome delegates from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa; Ethiopia, South Sudan, and the host nation, Tanzania in addition to other countries across the continent.

About YouLead

YouLead Africa is Africa’s flagship Youth Leadership Program working to unlock youth leadership potential for a prosperous continent by identifying, recognizing, connecting and fostering cooperation among Africa’s vibrant and influential young leaders and their initiatives.

H.E Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania is YouLead Africa’s current Patron. YouLead Summit is YouLead’s annual climax event and is now Africa’s largest and most diverse forum of young leaders, mentors, government policymakers, development partners, private sector, academia, media and civil society from all over Africa to craft responses to the continent’s rapidly growing youth population, their challenges and opportunities.

The Summit is highly sponsored by the East African Community (EAC), the South African Youth Forum; Independent Continental Youth Advisory Council on AfCFTA, YouLeadOneYoungAfrica, and other institutions.

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