The African Youth Charter serves as a strategic framework for youth empowerment and development throughout Africa. In order to facilitate implementation of the Charter, the African Union developed the African Youth Decade 2009-2018 Plan of Action to serve as a comprehensive road map for youth development, with specific objectives, outcomes, and strategies.
Designed to help strengthen Member States’ national capacity, the Decade aims to increase support for development and implementation of national youth policies. Following a rights-based approach that mainstreams youth perspectives, the Decade Plan of Action intends to facilitate increased investment and to mobilise resources for youth development policies and activities. It sets out specific activities toward meeting these objectives, noting indicators of success and timeframes for implementation, as well as particular concerns at each level of governance.