Background Information about IMAUS 2014


1. What does YALDA hope to achieve through IMAUS 2014?

IMAUS aims to realize its purpose through accomplishing the following objectives.

1. To challenge, motivate and inspire youth to nurture and unlock their potential and to appreciate their critical roles and responsibilities in promoting development in Africa; and
2. To raise awareness about the key determinants and patterns of cooperation and conflict shaping the economic performance and provision of political goods by African states.

2. How does IMAUS 2014 work?

IMAUS 2014 comprises the following components:

A. Model Sessions of the African Union
Over the course of IMAUS 2014, participants will spend most of their time actively engaged in the simulations of the African Union Summit. The Model Sessions of the African Union the Summit will include delegations and observers. Each delegation, consisting of 5-7 members, will be assigned an African country that they will represent at the Summit. Delegations will receive a Delegation Handbook that guides them on how to get the most out of IMAUS 2014. Delegations are expected to prepare extensively in order to participate in the Model Sessions following the guidelines provided in the Handbook. Observers (i.e. individual participants) will represent international lending organizations, advocacy groups and media during the Model SessionsDuring the Model Sessions, delegates and observers will convene in various committees to deliberate over the agenda topics. Following the last session of the Model, the resolutions passed by delegations and observers will be submitted to the African Union Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

B. Skills Development Workshops
In addition to Model Sessions, IMAUS participants will also participate in workshops aimed to develop technical skills in policy analysis, governance and business and public administration as well as training in entrepreneurship and leadership development. Leading experts in their fields will convene the workshops.

C. Networking and Diplomacy Sessions
Through networking and diplomacy sessions, IMAUS participants will have a chance to present their policy, business or development proposals and get feedback from their peers as well as experts. They main goal of these sessions are to help to develop peer-to-peer and mentor-mentee relationships during the Summit.

3. So what is on the agenda?

The agenda will cover issues surrounding food security, job creation and youth unemployment, regional integration, democracy and governance in Africa. Within these broad and overlapping topics, IMAUS will focus on very specific issues2 as specified below.

A. Agriculture and Food Security: Food processing and distribution and value chains

B. Youth Unemployment: Access to finance and market entry strategies for entrepreneurs;
C. Governance and Democracy: Linkages between the rule of law, peace and security and sustainable investment; and
D. Regional Integration: Linkages between cross-border transport and regional


4. How do I get involved?

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