Sankofa54 2014

SANKOFA54: The African Youth Empowerment Conference

April 4th – 5th, 2014

The Yale Undergraduate Association for African Peace and Development invited students to the third annual Sankofa54: African Youth Empowerment Conference.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Pan-Africanism in the 21st Century.”

Sankofa54 2014 will explore strategies for us to overcome the dilemmas of divisions and how we as individuals, as communities and as nations can work together to forge partnerships that foster success across the continent and promote peace. We will look at how the social landscape of the nation-state is shifting through changes in population in infrastructure; at the ways in which Africa can invest in Africa; at the ways in which we forge connections across boundaries; at how our leadership influences the trajectory of growth and at how the our health challenges require a global outlook to provide solutions. We will move beyond dissension and conflict in order to renew our commitment to peace, to develop- ment and, most importantly, to unity.

Recognizing that solidarity and communal efforts of students on the continent and abroad is a necessary step for the future success of development and peace, the Sankofa54 will once again offer students the opportunity to partake in a holistic approach to learning about conflict resolution, peace, and development efforts within Africa and to acquire the necessary tools, network, and mentorship to effect change. It will also provide a critical recruiting opportunity for businesses and organizations working in the developing world to recruit top talent.

The conference will feature five discussion panels concerning infrastructure, economic development, telecommunications,governance, and global health as well as a series of breakout sessions regarding regional integration, African art and literature, education and LGBTQ rights.