The African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC) was represented by its Executive Director at the Berlin Impact Lab which was held in Berlin for the 27th to the 30th of October 2019. The Impact Lab aimed to further elaborate ideas and strategies developed in Accra to establish sustainable methods to achieve the demographic dividend.
To experiment with possible formats for collaboration and communication, the Impact Lab in Berlin brought together GDL members as a design team to work co-creatively with the solution users – the challenge holder and selected relevant stakeholders from Africa – to explore what is desirable from an international relations point of view, what is technologically feasible and what is economically viable. In the process, GDL members developed their understanding of the dynamics of the realpolitik of diplomatic cooperation, as well as their design-thinking and appreciative-inquiry skills.
With the support of the findings of the Incubator Lab in Accra and of member and online activities in between the Labs, the GDL Impact organized in Berlin has seen GDL members launch a series of essays on how governments and institutions can manage and take advantage of the demographic dividend and which role young people can play as actors of change.
The African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC) through its Executive Director reaffirmed its commitment to the fight against corruption and stressed the role young people can and should play to make governments and government institutions across the continent more accountable.
There is also the need to train our young people with the necessary and required leadership skills so that they are well equipped with the right tools to face the challenges ahead of them and to overcome them because the onus lies on them to make Africa a better place.