Our Background


AfriYAN East and Southern Africa (ESA), is a regional youth network for advocacy on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and population and development in Africa. The network is a key platform for meaningful youth participation and advocacy in policy and decision-making processes at national, regional and global levels. AfriYAN was launched in 2005 with the aim of increasing meaningful youth participation in Africa’s development. AfriYAN, with the support of UNFPA and in collaboration with UNESCO, UNAIDS, the African Union, SAT and other regional organisations in Africa have provided for a number of opportunities for many young people across the continent to influence the development agenda at all levels, especially in relation to SRHR. AfriYAN works to develop ideas and create innovative ways of answering young people’s social and economic problems, informing policies, participating in the process of sustainable development agenda and frameworks, committing governments to accelerate investment in youth engagement and participation at regional and global levels, therefore, promoting meaningful youth-led accountability. AfriYAN’s work is centralised on ensuring that adolescents and young people are able to access their sexual and reproductive rights while empowering them through capacity building opportunities and advocacy platforms including SRH commodity security, youth leadership and participation.

AfriYAN's Vision

An Africa where young people live a quality life with the dignity, capacity and opportunities to realise their full potential.

Our Mission

To create an enabling environment that enhances meaningful participation and promotes investment in SRHR and sustainable development for young people.

Our Goal

A network that is recognized for its excellence in tracking progress on regional and international commitments on SRHR and sustainable development in order to influence policy and decision-making processes in favour of improving the standard of living for young people.

 Leadership

Executive Comittee

Ms. TIKHALA ITAYE

President
Malawi
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Mr. PATRICK MWESIGYE

Vice President
Uganda
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Mr. CEDRIC NININAHAZWE

Head of Advocacy and Campaign
Burundi
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Mr. LEVI SINGH

Secretary General
South Africa
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Ms. MARCIA JEIAMBI

Head of Communication
Mozambique
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Ms. FIORI TESFU KIDANEMARIAM

Head of Resource Mobilization
Eritrea
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Ms. JUDITH OKETCH

Mentor
Kenya
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Secretariat

Ms. LERATO MORULANE

AfriYAN ESA Coordinator
South Africa
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Thematic Areas

Ms. GOGONTLEJANG PHALADI

Demographic Dividend
Botswana
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Ms. LEBOGANG MOTSUMI

HIV Prevention
South Africa
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Ms. MARCIA JEIAMBI

Child Marriage
Mozambique
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Ms. NYASHA SETHOLE

CSE/K
Zimbabwe
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