The 4th CYFI Regional Meeting for Africa will be held in the Ghanaian capital from 23 – 24 November, 2015 at the Accra International Conference Center (AICC). The meeting will be jointly organized by the Child & Youth Finance Secretariat, Microfinance and Small Loans Center (MASLOC), and the Youth Enterprise Support (YES).
It will bring together some of Africa´s leading experts, researchers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, government representatives, youth representatives, as well as national and international NGOs to discuss Financial Inclusion, Entrepreneurship and Economic Citizenship for children and youth.
The Youth Meeting
The first day of the 4th CYFI Regional Meeting for Africa will center around a Youth Summit. The Summit will focus mainly on creating an enabling environment for the growth of youth enterprises. It will involve workshops and plenary sessions that will define specific challenges to young entrepreneurs in Africa, and identify innovative practices that can help address these challenges.
Around 100 youngsters are expected to attend the Youth Summit. The will be made up of:
- Young entrepreneurs from the region;
- Members of the CYFI Youth Entrepreneurship (Ye!) Community;
- Alumni participants from previous CYFI Global Youth Summits and Regional Youth Meetings for Africa;
- Youngsters actively furthering financial education and inclusion in their respective countries;
- Representatives of youth organizations in the region.
Ye! Pitching Event
The Meeting will see the launch of Ye! Community in Africa. The Ye! Community is CYFI´s global platform for youth entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 30 years. It provides a gallery of country guides, an online community for young entrepreneurs to connect, a coaching program to pair entrepreneurs with experienced professionals, and funding opportunities.
An integral part of this year´s meeting will be Ye! Pitching Event for young entrepreneurs. Eight young entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to market their businesses to potential investors, financial service providers and business leaders.
The Child and Youth Finance Movement has reached a milestone – the issue of financial inclusion is now a priority on the G20 Agenda for 2015, which makes this a crucial year for the efforts of partners in the CYFI Network to achieve our collective goal of reaching 100 million children and youth with financial services and Economic Citizenship Education by the end of 2015.
The 4th Child & Youth Finance Regional Meeting for Africa will reflect this global call for action. To achieve its objectives and expected outcomes the Meeting is structured around three main themes: Innovate, Act, Impact!
Innovate (November 23): Experience-sharing sessions initiated by partners, stakeholders and other experts to share best practices and learn from innovations across global sectors in the field of financial inclusion and Economic Citizenship Education.
Act (November 23 and 24): Demonstrate new concrete projects which can be implemented, replicated and taken to scale.
Impact (November 24): Create national and regional specific action plans to facilitate the economic citizenship ecosystem and shape a regional outreach plan for 2016 and beyond.
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