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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Panafrican Youth Challenge
    • Application criteria & Participants Profiles
      • I am a student – can I apply?
          NO: we regret we are unable to accept applications from students currently enrolled in a full-time academic programme. The programme is open to all other persons.
      • I run a call-box and I don’t have a higher education degree: do I qualify for the programme?
          YES – provided you are able to fully and actively participate in the programme and follow the theoretical teachings, we strongly encourage you to apply. All participants attaining the second phase of the programme will be assigned a mentor to help with their personal and professional development. Regional integration and community laws are the concern of all citizens, regardless of their social, cultural, intellectual or other background. Any informal business entrepreneur is welcome to take part in the programme.
      • Do I have to be a law graduate to attend?
          NO – This is a general challenge to enable young citizens to understand the laws, standards and mechanisms of the African Union and regional economic communities, and provide them with the necessary tools and skills to take an active part in the building of an integrated and prosperous Africa. In this respect, all sectors of activity are welcome to take part in the challenge. It is expected that the training will include a mix of lawyers, media representatives, entrepreneurs from the formal and informal sectors, and any African citizen who wants to take part in the advancement of regional and sub-regional integration
      • Is 18 years of age not too young for this programme – are you encouraging youths to drop out of school?
          To some people, 18 might be a very young age. But we have in the past come across 18 or 19 year-olds who were exceptionally inspirational or had accomplished many wonderful things. We consider such persons to be the future leaders of the African continent and we want to encourage them even at an early stage. The pogramme is not about what you know, it is about your ability to learn something new and to show your intelligence, creativity, confidence, drive and courage. We do not encourage youths to drop out of school, but we encourage those who did not or could not enroll into university or elsewhere to apply. Gap Year students are particularly welcome to apply. We also believe that persons of all ages are African citizens who have a say in the running of the African Union.
      • Why do you consider 40 year-olds as “youth”?
          Under different circumstances, we would normally limit this programme to persons aged 30-35 or below. However, we know that in the Cameroonian context of unemployment, many people still struggle to find decent employment by the time they are 40. We also realize that someone who is 36 might be excluded from the programme if we limited it to say 35, even though they could be in similar situations. There are also many people who at 40 have experience as informal entrepreneurs but would benefit from theoretical teachings, and vice versa. Finally, we see this programme as one that encourages vocations, and someone at 40 may after attending this programme, decide to embrace a completely different career, or see their existing career from a different perspective.
      • Can I submit my application in print?
          NO – We appreciate the difficulties that you may encounter in finding internet access in certain localities. However, we believe all participants will have sufficient time to locate an internet access, wherever they live. Should you find it difficult to find internet access to submit your application, call our office on +237 22 01 15 68, and we will see how we can help. This is for persons residing outside of urban areas only.
    • Programme Contents
      • Why are farmers allowed in the programme and what does agriculture got to do with regional integration and panafricanism?
          As part of their commitments at the continental level, African governments, including the Republic of Cameroon, adopted the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Plan (CAADP) in 2003. This instrument targets poverty reduction through agriculture. Agriculture represents a priority sector for the majority of African countries to achieve development and growth, including Cameroon.
      • Is the Programme an Academic training, and do I receive a diploma at the end?
          NO – The Panafrican Youth Challenge is NOT an academic training. The Challenge will include academic teachings by renowned and highly qualified experts from academia and field practitioners. These will however mainly serve as an introduction to regional and sub-regional integration and panafricanism. The Challenge will also include practical exercises and simulations of real-life situations. If you are not an academic person, you should not really worry about this. Faculty members are fully aware of the diversity of participants’ profiles, and will adapt their teachings accordingly. The Programme will not award any degree at the end of the Challenge, but will provide participants with certificates of completion. Participants in the final challenge will be given an internship to monitor the effectiveness of regional and sub-regional integration in different parts of Cameroon. Successful Challenge participants will receive a modest financial allocation to pursue their activity or research.
    • Programme Duration
      • How long do I have to commit to the programme?
          10 months – the Challenge includes 2 phases: the first phase is a training that will take place on 11-28 March 2013 (see description). Up to 15 participants will then be admitted to the second phase of the programme, which will include a 6 months placement in a community paralegal centre in various parts of Cameroon, and 3 months residency at CGI’s office in Yaoundé.
    • Programme Requirements & Participants' Obligations
    • Rewards & Follow-up activities
      • Is the Programme affiliated to any university?
          NO – the Challenge is an independent activity of the Citizens Governance Initiatives and the SOTU (State of the Union) Coalition.
      • Can I choose where I take my internship/placement?
          YES & NO: the top 3 Challenge winners will be able to choose the place of their placement from a list of 10 localities. All others will be oriented to localities that best suit their profiles and skills, and the Programme needs.
      • What happens at the end of the 10-month placement?
          If you are able to successfully complete the 10-month programme, including the 6-month field placement, you will receive a financial allocation of 500,000 CFA and you will be invited to join the Panafrican Youth Alumni Group. The Challenge is expected to receive wide publicity and media coverage, and we are confident that all those who will successfully complete the programme will immensely enhance their career, educational or entrepreneurship prospects.
    • Costs, Finances & Facilities
      • How much does it cost to attend the programme?
          All participants in the programme will receive bursaries to cover transportation to and within Yaoundé, accommodation and subsistence for the duration of the programme.
      • Where will I be accommodated if I am not a Yaoundé resident?
          During the 3-week training course, participants from outside of Yaoundé who do not have relatives to accommodate them will be provided with support for accommodation. Participants retained for the placement will be provided with a modest allocation to cover their accommodation and transportation.
    • Programme Partners & Supporters
      • How is the Programme funded/Where does the money come from?
          The Panafrican Youth Challenge is a project of Citizens Governance Initiatives (CGI), in partnership with the SOTU Coalition. The project is funded by SIDA and DfID
      • What is SOTU?
          SOTU is the acronym for State of the Union. It is a coalition of pan-African organizations currently working in 10 Countries in Africa to track implementation of AU decisions at the national level, and to inform, empower, and mobilize citizens to hold their governments accountable on AU issues.