Answering your questions about the conference

A. What is YouthConnekt Africa Summit?

The YouthConnekt Africa Summit is an annual Summit that connects youth from across the Continent and beyond with policy influencers, political leaders, and public, private and development sector institutions to engage, discuss, design, and accelerate youth empowerment efforts at a continental level. In addition, every year, the Summit intends to create a platform for a larger number of young people from all over the Continent to learn and engage in YouthConnekt Africa’s youth development program. Every year, the YouthConnekt Africa Summit aims to address various youth issues related to the economic, social, and political empowerment of youth in Africa. This year’s Summit will focus on “Africa Beyond Aid: Positioning the Youth for the Post COVID Economy and AfCFTA Opportunities.”

B. Who may apply?

Application is open to all young people in Africa or the diaspora. Young people from all other parts of the world are welcome to apply.

Applicants must have a strong passion for Pan-Africanism, leadership, community service, entrepreneurship and change management. They must also exhibit an acute sense of cultural and social intelligence and be willing to embrace diversity. More importantly, they must be ready to treat other delegates with respect and dignity, regardless of their backgrounds. 

C. Can young people under 18 years apply?

Yes, young people under 18 years may apply to attend the YCA Summit 2021, but only virtually. 

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted everything. Due to restrictions and tighter organisational constraints imposed by COVID-19, in-person participation has been restricted to ages 18-35, unless you fall under any other category designated on the registration portal, .i.e. official, youth worker, young entrepreneur, media or exhibitor. (T&Cs Apply)

If you are under 18 years, kindly select the virtual option to register to participate in this exciting event. A lot of resources are being deployed for this hybrid event to give virtual attendees the same experience as the in-person participants.

The decision to restrict under 18 to virtual participation is purely out of the concern for health and safety and compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

D. I am above 35 years: can I still apply to attend the Summit?

As above in (C), if you are above 35 years and wish to attend the Summit, there is provision to do so during the registration process online. Apart from attending virtually, there are options to apply for in-person participation under an official, youth worker, young entrepreneur, media or exhibitor category. (T&Cs Apply)

E. Will I miss out on the excitement and conference benefits if I participate virtually?

Not at all! Virtual attendees will have the same experience as the in-person participants – this includes virtual networking on the Hubilo platform, access to virtual exhibition booths and lounges, et cetera. This state-of-the-art hybrid event hosting platform gives users the same benefit as if they were attending in person.

F. How do I apply to be a part of the Summit?

Please use the online application form to apply. Register Now!

G. Is there any participation fee?

There is NO fee for your participation. However, all other costs, such as flight, COVID-19 Tests, accommodation, meals, and Visa, are that of the delegate.

H. Who will pay my flight ticket to Accra - Ghana?

International travel arrangements and costs will be the sole responsibility of each delegate. 

I. Do we sponsor delegates?

The Organisers do not provide any financial assistance for delegates. We suggest you look for sponsorship from your government or other youth-friendly organisations. 

J. Will the Organising Team arrange my entry visa?

The Organisers will issue a formal invitation letter to delegates upon successful completion of their registration process to facilitate the application of entry visas. You can present this official letter together with any additional accreditation documents to the Ghana High Commission/Embassy/Consulate of the host country if you are applying for an entry visa. 
Kindly check with the Ghanaian Embassy in your country for guidelines for entry visa requirements to enter Ghana. You may also visit the official Website: https://home.gis.gov.gh/permits-and-visas/    

K. How long do I have to wait to receive a response after I have completed my registration online?

You are expected to receive the outcome of your application via email within 3 to 5 working days from the date you submitted your application. If you do not hear from us within seven (7) working days, most likely, your application was not successful.

J. Will the Organising Team arrange my entry visa?

Please use the online contact form to get in touch with us. You may reach us via email: youthconnekt@nya.gov.gh; however, if you need to speak to us; please call our Organizing Committee at +233 24 372 5382 or +233 20 686 0333 during office hours from Monday to Friday (9:00hrs to 17:00hrs, UTC time).