AUDA/NEPAD youth essay contest 2019 -


The essay contest subject is “The Africa We Want”. Participants are invited to submit their innovative ideas through a short essay format – the ideas or proposals should be those that can potentially have positive societal impact currently, or those that will transform the African continent in years to come through action/s that need to be taken now.


Entrants to the AUDA essay contest must be aged between 15 and 35 years by the contest deadline. Only one proposal per contestant will be accepted. Contestants must be African citizens; non-African citizens are not eligible to participate in the contest. All youths (between the ages of 15 and 35) and especially girls, women and people living with disabilities are strongly encouraged to participate.


African Union Development Agency/NEPAD (AUDA/NEPAD)


Winners will be announced in April 2019 at the ‘Championing of Agenda 2063 for #TheAfricaWeWant’ advocacy event in Johannesburg, South Africa.  We urge all entrants residing outside South Africa to therefore have their passports ready, as the top five winners will be invited to the prize-giving ceremony in Johannesburg!! The winners will all be notified prior to the event by email or phone number provided in the submission.


The AUDA essay contest opens on 21 January 2019 and closes at midnight on 28 February 2019. Essays must be received by 11:59PM GMT on 28 February 2019 OR postmarked by 28 February 2019 if sent by post.


Judging Parameters

The essays will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

1) Content and relevance in terms of Africa’s development

2) Innovation and creativity

3) Potential for implementing the idea on a large scale using Africa’s own resources.


All entrants to the AUDA essay contest must submit a completed and signed version of the document below. Please place a check next to each item below to be certain you have not missed anything! 

  • The essay – as per the instructions below
  • Parental consent (Applicable only to those below the age of 18)
  • Consent Form

Essay instructions

Type the essay on A4 paper size, 2-3 pages maximum. Handwritten essays are accepted and should be on A4 paper size, 2-3 pages maximum. Please include your name on the essay. 

LANGUAGE: Essays can be written in any of the African Union (AU) official languages namely: Swahili, English, French, Arabic and Portuguese. 

Submitting your entry

If sending by EMAIL: Scan your entry documents to a .jpg or .pdf format and attach them to the email. Please send the email to

If sending by POST: Address the mail to: NEPAD Agency, 230, 15th Road Randjespark, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

* If posting your essay contest entry, please be sure to paperclip all of your documents together, including the essay. 


Essay contest webpage.

Contact information
African Union Development Agency/NEPAD
230, 15th Road Randjespark
Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Primary contact person: Linda Gouman
Telephone number: +27 11 256 3600 / 12