by Amref Health Africa

The world’s youth population is 1.2 billion strong – a number that is projected to grow by 7% to 1.3 billion by 2030. In Africa, over 60% of the continent’s population is aged below 25, and by the year 2030, the target date for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, young Africans are expected to make up 42% of the world’s youth.

Simultaneously, by 2050, the number of people over 60 is projected to increase by 50% in developed countries and triple in developing countries, with global life expectancy increasing to 75 years. While older generations have the knowledge and skills to support their communities, young people are often seen as the drivers of change and create solutions in their communities.

Young people in Africa deserve to live long, productive lives that include good health, quality education, financial independence, and active participation in civic processes. In order to ensure this, they deserve to be able to access and participate in spaces or platforms without any age barriers or prejudice due to their age.

This can only be achieved by creating an enabling environment which cultivates and leverages collaboration between different generations.

The theme of the International Youth Day (IYD) 2022 – Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for all Ages– highlights that solidarity across generations is key for sustainable development.

Read/Download the Amref statement on International Youth Day

For more information contact:

Elizabeth (Lizz) Ntonjira

Global Communication Director Amref Health Africa

Email: [email protected]


Evalin Karijo

Director, Youth & Adolescent Hub Amref Health Africa

Email: [email protected]

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