Since the founding of Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) in 2000, we have worked relentlessly to revitalize participation in disenfranchised and marginalized communities by empowering young people to play a positive role in Africa’s nascent democracy. We have found that engaging youth in a non-threatening and collective manner, has the potential to fuel excitement for the vision of democracy and to create self-sustaining communities.
A fundamental principle of democracy is that citizens have the right to demand accountability and public actors have an obligation to account. Across Africa, there is an over-arching concern that there is a willingness on the part of young people and political elites to engage openly in building a truly democratic Africa; to be proponents for change rather than suppressors of dissent.
YTF knows that the participation of young people is fundamental to the success of a democratic society. When the aspirations of youth are constructively channeled into the political process – through election monitoring and by becoming active political party members or community organizers, they can become positive change agents.