“Empowering the next generation” is this year’s theme for the International Day of Democracy, which focuses on the essential role of young people in advancing democracy. Democracy is not only a goal, but also a process that needs the full participation of all citizens, especially youth and other discriminated groups, to make it a reality for everyone, everywhere.

Programme for Young Politicians in Africa empowers the next generation to be leaders of today, not only tomorrow. It equips its participants with the skills and knowledge they need to become effective democratic leaders and represent their constituencies well. We salute the achievements of young women and men who are active in the political space and who are making a difference in their communities.

Happy Democracy Day!