Guidance Document for the Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership
*Aspiration 1: A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development.
Well-educated and skilled citizenries empowered by science, technology and innovation constitute the basis for achieving a knowledge-based society; and no child shall miss school due to poverty or any form of discrimination.
Africa’s human capital shall be fully developed as its most valuable resource, including sustainable investments based on comprehensive development in the early childhood and primary education stages, as well as sustainable investments in higher education, science, technology, research, and innovation. Gender disparities at all levels of education shall be eliminated. Wider access to postgraduate studies shall be strengthened by ensuring a high-level infrastructure in the areas of education and research to support the scientific reforms, reinforcing change in the continent.
Africa shall establish equitable and sustainable use and management of water resources for social and economic development, regional cooperation, and the environment.
*Aspiration 2: An integrated continent, politically united based on the ideals of Pan Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance.
Since 1963, the search for African unity has been inspired by the spirit of comprehensive African unity -notably focused on liberation, political and economic independence- and driven by development based on African peoples’ self-reliance and autonomy under people-centered democratic governance.
*Aspiration 3: An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law.
Africa shall establish capable institutions and transformative leadership at all levels.
Africa shall be an institutional continent, to the benefit of its people. Citizens shall be actively involved in the social, economic, political and administrative development. Efficient and professional public institutions based on laws and merit shall serve the continent, providing and effective and efficient public service. Institutions at all government levels shall be development-oriented, efficient, democratic and accountable.
A transformational leadership shall be established in all areas (politics – economics – religion – culture – institutional settings – youth and women) at the local, regional and continental levels.
*Aspiration 5: An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics.
African unity, history, destiny, identity, common heritage, and respect for religious pluralism, as well as awareness of Africa’s people and its diaspora shall be consolidated.
Pan-Africanism shall be deeply rooted.
The ideals of Pan-Africanism shall be part of the education curricula.
Africa shall be a continent whose women and youth play a primordial role, as drivers of change, and intergenerational dialogue shall ensure that Africa becomes a continent adapted to social and cultural change.
*Aspiration 6: An Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children.
All African citizenries shall be actively involved in the decision-making process in all aspects.
Women shall occupy 50% of elected public office at all levels, and the economic and political glass ceiling facing women shall be shattered.
An Africa with empowered and participatory youth, with the full implementation of the African Youth Charter.
Africa shall be a continent where all forms of discrimination and exploitation against youth will have been eliminated.
Youth issues in all development agendas shall be mainstreamed.
African youth shall be the builders of the African knowledge-based society and significant contributors to the economy of the continent.
Creativity, energy and innovation shall be the driving force for African youth.
Article 10: Development
States Parties shall encourage youth organizations to lead youth programmes and to ensure the exercise of the right to development.
Provide access to information and education and training for young people to learn their rights and responsibilities, to be schooled in democratic processes, citizenship, decision-making, governance and leadership such that they develop the technical skills and confidence to participate in these processes.
Article 11: Youth Participation
States Parties shall take measures to promote active youth participation in society.
Facilitate the creation or strengthening of platforms for youth participation in decision-making at local, national, regional, and continental levels of governance.
Institute measures to professionalize youth work and introduce relevant training programmes in higher education and other such training institutions.
Article 12: National Youth Policy
A youth perspective shall be integrated and mainstreamed into all planning and decision-making as well as programme development. The appointment pf youth focal points in government structures shall enable this process.
The policy shall advocate equal opportunities for young men and for young women.
Article 13: Education and Skills Development
The value of multiple forms of education, including formal, non-formal, informal, distance learning and life-long learning, to meet the diverse needs of young people shall be embraced.
The preservation and strengthening of positive African morals, traditional values and cultures and the development of national and African identity and pride.
Avail multiple access points for education and skills development including opportunities outside of mainstream educational institutions e.g., workplace skills development, distance learning, adult literacy and national youth service programmes.
Article 20: Youth and Culture
Work with educational institutions, youth organizations, the media and other partners to raise awareness of and teach and inform young people about African culture, values and indigenous knowledge.
Promote inter-cultural awareness by organizing exchange programmes between young people and youth organizations within and across States Parties.
Engage young people and youth organizations to understand the nexus between contemporary youth culture and traditional African culture, and enable them to express this fusion through drama, art, writing, music and other cultural and artistic forms.
Article 23: Girls and Young Women
Ensure that girls and young women are able to participate actively, equally and effectively with boys at all levels of social, educational, economic and political, cultural, civic life and leadership as well as scientific endeavours.
The roadmap was established pursuant to the resolution of the African Union Summit on youth (ASSEMBLY / AU / Dec.601 (XXVI)).
The resolution by the Executive Council ((XXII) (EX.CL/DEC.742) of January 14, 2014 called for the recognition of the demographic dividend in the economic and social development efforts on the continent.
The 4th pillar entitled “Rights, Governance and Youth Empowerment” in the roadmap emphasized: “Institute youth leadership and empowerment trainings aimed at deepening Pan African ideals and aspirations in the youth.”
The most important principles that align with the objectives of the Fellowship:
– Respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all States.
– Adopt the principle of equality between all races, and all nations, large and small.
– Not to interfere in or be exposed to the internal affairs of other States.
– Promote common interests and cooperation.
– Respect justice and international obligations.
South-south cooperation refers to the development cooperation among countries in the Global South, in the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental or technical areas, in addition to the exchange of knowledge, experiences, know-how, solutions and technology, the creation of job opportunities, the establishment of infrastructure and promotion of trade in Southern countries. This acts as the manifestation of solidarity between the peoples and countries of the South, which contributes to achieving their national well-being and self-reliance nationally and collectively. This cooperation has contributed to increasing trade and foreign direct investment flow, as well as advancing towards regional integration among Southern countries. This cooperation can be bilateral, regional or interregional, and it can include two or more developing countries.
About Triangular Cooperation: it refers to the cooperation whereby developed countries and multilateral organizations facilitate South-South initiatives by providing financing, training, management and technology systems, in addition to other forms of support. The tripartite cooperation includes two or more developing countries in cooperation with a third party, usually a developed country or a multilateral organization, that contributes to achieving exchange through its knowledge and resources.
The Nasser Fellowship for International Leadership is based on the United Nations Development Goals known as “Sustainable Development Goals 2030”, which entered into force in 2016 based on what has been accomplished (in the period from 2000 to 2015).
It is a global call to unite us in order to bring about real positive change for human beings and the planet. Among the most important priorities of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development: Eliminate poverty -Ensure peace and prosperity -Protect the planet from climate change and conflicts. The Agenda has been updated to include several new priorities: Enforce economic equality -Counter the effects of climate change- Promote innovation – Guarantee peace, justice and sustainable consumption.
The Agenda 2030 is a comprehensive agenda consisting of 17 sustainable development goals, the achievement of which requires working pragmatically in a spirit of partnership so that we can all improve our quality of life in a sustainable way and ensure a better future for the generations to come.
The Nasser Fellowship is based on Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all.”
Education is one of the most powerful and stable means of achieving sustainable development. The aim is to provide equal access to vocational training, eliminate disparities due to gender or wealth in access to education, and guarantee universal access to high-quality education.
Goal 5: “Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls”
Ensure equal rights in education, work, and public life, and economic resources (such as women’s share of lands and assets). Ensure universal access to quality sexual and reproductive health services. Despite the higher number of women in public positions today than ever before, greater gender equality cannot be ensured without strengthening policies, legislation and programs that encourage and qualify women to assume leadership positions.
Goal 17: “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”
Enhance South-North/ South-South Cooperation by supporting national plans that aim to achieve all the goals. Improving access to technology and knowledge is an important means of exchanging ideas and promoting innovation. This is vital to achieve sustainable growth and development by passionately committing to partnerships and cooperation, at the international level.