Youth and Gender Empowerment (YGP) Program
The African Youth Forum for Science & Technology (AYFST) was initiated in collaboration with the Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CTA), The Netherlands in 2005 to build a culture of STI amongst African youths. This is achieved through small grants for STI research capacity building; targeted training and sensitization, outreach, peer to peer dialogue/mentoring scheme, Youth internship programs, Expert mentoring programs; and other forms of capacity building initiatives including a recently launched Youth Innovation Challenge Program (YICP) and Women Innovation Challenge Program (WICP). The AYFST has recorded tremendous success to date with a self-governed membership spanning more than 17
African countries and the Diaspora. The African Women Forum for Science and Technology is a mirror initiative launched in 2008 with the aim to achieve similar awakening on STI amongst African women. The overarching goal of both programs is to instigate the cultures of innovation amongst African youths and women and build their confidence in the generation, use, mastery and self-governance of African STI for African development.