I am pleased to share the link of Le Débat Africain presented by Alain Foka on Radio France Internationale (RFI) on African Youth, which I had the pleasure to take part in on the sidelines of the Weekend of Governance of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

in Marrakech, Morocco in April 2017. This forum was marked by the launch of the Africa at a tipping point report which emphasizes that the continent is at a turning point and its future will be determined by its ability to meet the needs of young people.

Almost always perceived as a time bomb, it rarely evokes the inventiveness of this African girl who represents almost 65% of the continent’s population. Is it a handicap or an asset in a changing world? Should we fear a social explosion or see a beneficial revolution?


Aïcha Bah Diallo
International consultant for the UNESCO Liaison Committee on Girls’ Education in Africa and former Minister of Education in Guinea;

Moulay Hafid Elalamy
President and Founder of the Saham Group and Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy of Morocco;

Ndioro Ndiaye
Advisor to the President of Senegal

Abdoulaye Bathily
former Special Representative for Central Africa and former Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA);

Rama Salla Dieng
Doctoral Researcher in International Development at SOAS, University of London, Scholar and Recipient of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation PhD Award, 2015