On 24-25 November, Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder and President presented on ‘youth and the private sector – an ACP YPN perspective’ at the African Unions 8th Private Sector Forum, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya. This year’s theme was ‘Moving from ideas to enterprise creation; Empowering Women and Youth in the area of entrepreneurship in Africa’. Here is the presentation.
Yentyl presented the work of the ACP YPN to build a platform for youth of African, Caribbean and Pacific origin in Europe and to connect these youth to the opportunities both within Europe and in the respective ACP regions. Yentyl also highlighted the importance of private financing for an organisation like ACP YPN that has no public funding and relies on crowdfunding, private donations and members’ contributions. She also posed the question, which remains a challenge for ACP YPN: ‘how do make a social enterprise economically viable?’
The Forum brought together private sector, international development organisations, governments, women and youth entrepreneurs from inside and outside of Africa. The participants shared their experiences and developed recommendations for scaling up entrepreneurship policy development and implementation in Africa, in order to foster broad-based, inclusive and sustainable development.
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