n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Editorial

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



In the discourses on political, economic and cultural development in most African countries, youths are imaged as objects and not active initiators of development projects in their communities. The political culture where adults monopolise processes of defining the content and ideological scope of development agendas persists in Africa. Since 2010, this patriarchal rooted culture was challenged in a series of political upheavals in North Africa. The development priorities that African youths are forcing on their governments to adopt can no longer be ignored in any part of Africa. This issue of does not contain articles that confront the issues of political decay in Africa in a direct way. However, some of the contributors to this issue highlight the conditions that have encouraged the submersion of youths' voices. More importantly, other contributors to this issue have deliberately underlined the significance of the initiatives that are being undertaken by some adults to render visible the aspirations of the ordinary African youths.

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