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African Youth Development Link

Kampala, Uganda
Joined March 2021

African Youth Development Link (AYDL) is Uganda's leading dynamic youth-led NGO, on a mission to put young people at the heart of decision-making!



Presence in: Uganda
Focus: Access to Information, Citizenship, Corruption, Gender-based violence, Governance, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

African Youth Development Link (AYDL) is Uganda’s leading dynamic youth-led NGO, on a mission to put young people at the heart of decision-making! Headquartered in Ntinda, a  suburb in Uganda’s capital Kampala, AYDL was established in 2008 to provide a link between youth and governance policy processes in Uganda so that we are each part of something larger than ourselves. The organization strives to advocate for implementation and reform of laws and policies for increased young people’s participation in leadership and democratic governance process in local and national levels for progress and change.

Since 2014, AYDL has also been coordinating the Youth Coalition on Electoral Democracy in Uganda (YCED), — a coalition comprised of youth-led civil society organizations united in the desire to create synergy in various electoral democracy efforts currently being undertaken throughout Uganda. Through YCED, AYDL works with partners to mobilize youth across the country every five years as we head into the next election to generate issues for the National Youth Manifesto (NYM), with the latest one being the NYM 2021 – 2026; which is a set of policy demands by young Ugandans calling on government and candidates to make the best possible contributions to the development of the country. It presents an opportunity for government to harness the potential of youth by adopting a youth-led approach to development as a means of accelerating progress towards achieving the national vision of: ‘A transformed Ugandan society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country within 30 years.’

People Associated With This Organization

Edmond Martin Wanzala

Uganda  
African Youth Development Link
Joined March 2021
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Health, Labor & Employment, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am the Co-Founder and Executive Director of African Youth Development Link (AYDL), where I provide strategic leadership and oversight on almost all aspects of the organization’s operations. I am a strong advocate for youth empowerment and development with keen interest in sexual and reproductive health, human rights, livelihood, gender equality and youth participation.

My work advocating for youth rights and social justice in Uganda was born out of my natural leadership and concern for his fellow Ugandans. Growing up in the countryside, I witnessed, firsthand, the challenges and inequities rural Ugandans faced. Inspired by these circumstances, I co-founded AYDL, to ensure every youth in Uganda had the power to address the problems their community faced.

My policy analysis and advocacy skills have been horned and strengthen in such spaces as the Young 4 Policy Programme; the prestigious Women Deliver Young Leaders Fellowship; the Family Planning Budget Advocacy Group (FP BAG) in Uganda; as well as the Youth Coalition on Electoral Democracy in Uganda (YCED), whose secretariat I host and coordinate.
Edmond Martin Wanzala is the network champion (main point of contact) for African Youth Development Link.

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