Ending Poverty in Africa: dreams or reality??

A lot has been said about Africa, locally and internationally. Without blinking, the following have been stories that have been labelled as the major characteristics of Africa.

  • Improper governance system in the land
  • Violation of human rights
  • Extreme poverty
  • Land with civil unrest and disunity
  • Low income
  • Many child marriages

However, much emphasis was on the existing generation of leaders who have been accused of corruption and other unscrupulous activities. Few have given a chance to the current generation of youths reaching to 60%. Business moguls from the African soil such as Dangote, Motsepe and Masiyiwa, who have risen from scratch and built business empires from scratch without donor funding, deeply question these long-held assumptions. Some of these people have started foundations changing the face of African health, education, business and agriculture sectors in which major beneficiaries are the youths who are the future. Without running away from the current crisis, these personalities serve to illustrate that the African reputation and history can be rewritten right now because of the largest cohort of the unwavering determination of young people!

African Youth for SDGs - #globalgoals
Promote the global goal of #NoPoverty

We have it all in our society, let’s talk sport, think of the energetic people like Didier Drogba, Samuel Etoo. Churches are on board, assisting in areas like business leadership and rejuvenating the mindset of the youth who are a major driver of peace and unity leading to prosperity on the continent. Passion driven mindsets among African youth speak to the increasing research and skills acquired from other continents but improving the quality of lives of their home countries. This is the generation of determined, young people to whom the world didn’t give much but they are coming up with innovative approaches to liberate their continent from the fetters of poverty. Community based organizations have being formed, joining in the bandwagon of locally bred ideas whose mandate is clearly against the devastating effects and manifestation of historic inequalities.

Embracing the uniting effect of social media; the east, west, south and north of Africa have met. This young generation is an existing message that there are long lasting results in unity than in fighting. National think tanks, as universities are producing remarkable projects which lure Africans in the diaspora. Determined minds are blurring racial differences. Peace, prosperity and unity have become the yardstick of the twenty-first century youth. This is the mind-set of a young person in Africa.

 “A poverty free continent is possible with the youth”

Featured image sourced from: HealthPovertyAction.org

Compiled by Herbert .M.M. Chibvongodze

chibvongodzeh@gmail.com

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Overview of the 17 SDGs

For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you!

Here are the 17 SDGs:

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all age.
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable.
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
  17. 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.