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African Union Summit Essay Contest 2022 for African Young People

African Union Summit Essay Contest 2022 for African Young People

When is Application Deadline?

30th September 2022 at 23:59 pm EAT. 

Tell Me About Award:

The African Union Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification will be convened under the theme “Industrialising Africa: Renewed commitment towards an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Economic Diversification.”

The Summit will be convened as  part of the Africa Industrialization Week annual commemorative activities. Given the importance of industrialization and economic transformation in Africa, the 20th of every November is commemorated as the Africa Industrialization Day,adopted by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity in July 1989, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The Africa Industrialization Day provides an opportunity to key stakeholders to reflect on Africa’s industrialization by looking at how the continent can change its current status quo. Since 2018, the Africa Industrialization Day has been commemorated with weeklong events, marking a departure from the one-day tradition, and which affords more time to reflect and accelerate actions towards Africa’s structural transformation, as an enabler to meet the objectives of Agenda 2063, and SDGs, 2030.

What Type of Award is this?


Who can apply?

The competition is open to young people 15 – 35 from All African Union Member States.
§ Only one entry per person.
§ The essay can be submitted in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish)

The winning essay will be presented at the AU Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification in Niger. The essay will be used as a guideline, a voice of young people and their views on the promotion of SMEs and Innovation on the continent especially leveraging from the AfCFTA.
The essay should be centred around the Summit theme, elaborate the challenges and actions within the region and solutions to those challenges. It should also include one of the AU Agenda 2063 aspirations:

  • Aspiration 1: A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development
  • Aspiration 2: An integrated continent, politically united and based on the ideals of Pan-Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance
  • 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.

Which Countries are Eligible?

African countries

Where will Award be Taken?

Niamey, Niger.

How Many Positions will be Given?

Not specified

What is the Benefit of Award?

1st Prize will receive:
§ AUC issued Certificate
§ Round trip from home country to the AU Summit on Industrialization and Economic
Diversification in Niamey, Niger.
§ Accommodation during the said Summit
§ Present the essay to the Summit to leaders, and technical experts

2nd and 3rd prize:
§ AUC issued Certificate
§ Publication on the AUC website.

How Long is the Program?

20 – 25 November 2022.

How to Apply for Program?

 All essays must be sent to [email protected] by the 30th of September 2022 at 23:59 pm EAT. 

All authors must sign and submit the Attestation of Authorization form. Download the form here.

Visit Award Webpage for Details

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