ONE dedicates 2022 Africa Award to ‘organization committed to rebuilding resilient Africa’

ONE, a global, non-partisan organization campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases, particularly in Africa, has hinted at the prerequisite for winning the $100,000 prize for the 2022 Africa Award.

It said the award would be awarded to a visionary organization committed to rebuilding a resilient Africa by creating opportunities that would help reshape the continent’s economy and prepare youth to thrive in a developing world. .

The ONE Africa Award, now in its 12th edition, honors African organizations committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and giving the world a blueprint for building a better future.

The award recognizes, encourages and provides a platform to showcase the exceptional work of organizations founded by Africans and based in Africa.

The organization noted in a statement that “before the pandemic, the lack of decent jobs and opportunities was already a pressing problem in Africa, but the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 is affecting young people on the continent quickly and the consequences are brutal.”

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It said: “Young Africans face several aftershocks, including interruptions in education, lack of access to education and income losses due to economic pressures, and face even greater difficulties in finding quality jobs.

“Inspired by our #JobsNowAfrica campaign that advocates creating 15 million decent jobs a year in Africa by 2025, this year’s award will be given to an organization that provides opportunities for young Africans to gain the skills and experience they need, through excellent jobs and educational opportunities that increase their ambitions and professional networks.”

The statement quoted Serah Makka, Interim Africa Executive Director at the ONE Campaign, as saying: “Africa is demographically the youngest continent in the world. By 2030, a fifth of the global workforce – and nearly a third of the global youth workforce – will come from this region.

“While 10 to 12 million young people enter the labor market every year, only three million formal jobs are created. The pandemic has presented African countries with extraordinary social, economic and health challenges and has exacerbated the social inequalities that affect the most vulnerable.

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“The $100,000 prize will focus on African ingenuity. The prize will be awarded to a visionary organization committed to rebuilding a resilient Africa by creating opportunities that help reshape the continents’ economies and prepare youth to thrive in a developing world.”

According to the statement, the call for applications will run from September 2, 2022 and will close on September 30, 2022

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