“These often unsung heroes understand…that poverty, disease and famine are just as deadly and destructive as earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis. Individuals …are taking on these challenges in their communities, volunteering to make a difference. They remain the true champions of our work towards the Millennium Development Goals.”
— Kofi Annan
African Centre for MDGs Advocacy is a platform that heightens the awareness of the the United Nations Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] among young people in Africa. It provides updates on current efforts to achieve the goals in Africa especially in Sub-saharan Africa.
There is a huge gap between Africa’s youth and the development goals despite the overwhelming statistics that show that most of world’s poorest and sick are concentrated in Africa. If these leaders have assumed an inevitable centre stage in global affairs and clamor for change with examples from the Youth-led Arab Springs, it is unacceptable that just about 1% of this youthful population in Africa know about MDG.
Our specific focus is to showcase the beauty stories of impact through the MDG in Africa. It is our belief that through showcasing the specific contributions of individuals, governments and various NGOs, this can inspire optimism in young people and spur them to do their part. These stories can connect them to the core of the MDG, and stimulate their interest in universal goals and objectives.
The world is fast changing. Globalization has opened new frontiers for multinational corporations, small and medium-scaled companies. The internet revolution has sparked the light of social networks. And daily we await innovations that will shape our world. Besides, we are becoming increasingly connected with other people from other parts of the world. This is a generation of global citizens. African young people must be aware of global issues that affect them including poverty, hunger and infectious diseases. They need to build bridges of communication and sustainable development with other global citizens. This will be possible with knowledge.
It is on this note that the African Centre for MDG Advocacy proposes an unprecedented revolution in MDG advocacy based on a pyramidal campaign of advocacy, action, impact assessment and significance.
ACMA brings information to young people about developments in Africa; and inspires them to contribute their quota as global citizens.