A Generation for A Better Africa (AGABA) arose out of a desire to change the prevalent culture of violence embraced by the youth to one of non-violence. AGABA is an independent and equal opportunities NGO, dedicated to empowering young people, organizations, institutions and communities at the grassroots through initiatives that promote a culture of non-violence, peace and sustainable development.
When peaceful and constructive approaches to transforming conflicts break down and violence escalates, it is young people in particular who bear the brunt. Given their enormous creativity and innovation potential, however, sustainable development efforts should be focused upon young people. Investing in youth across Africa can help transform the continent.
AGABA started in 2012 with a team of five young people who had a dream of making a change for peace in Africa. Today AGABA has grown into a big NGO with a so many youths joining and volunteering in helping with community based projects and also charity.
A GENERATION FOR A BETTER AFRICA (AGABA)” is a registered civil society with head-quarters in Wakiso District in Uganda;
CONSIDERING the extent of violence at domestic level, community, streets and schools including the horrors of genocide and indiscriminate suicide attacks with youths as leading perpetrators in the recent past on the Continent of Africa;
BEARING IN MIND the scourge of HIV/AIDs and the environmental degradation as a challenge that demands cooperation;
CONCERNED about the plight of children, women and the elderly as the most vulnerable victims in the circumstances;
REGARDING violence as a manifestation of moral decadency and therefore a heritage and cultural concern as well;
COGNIZANT of the efforts of other stakeholders including government agencies already in existence;
SUBSCRIBING to the Africa’s solutions for Africa’s problems agenda as pronounced by the Constitutive Act of AU following the genocide disaster of Rwanda in 1994 that will remain a scar on the conscious of humanity in addition to scenarios in the past including the legacy of Iddi Amin in Uganda.
SEEKING to develop home grown solutions at grassroots;
COMMITTED to the transformation of the attitude of the youths that consider violence as primary option for problem solving;
DETERMINED to enhance the potential of the women as key resource in imparting morals;
DESIROUS of giving a hand in peace, equality and health;
INSPIRED by giving as a cherished value and “AGABA” as who gives in some of the native dialects in the Great Lakes Region (GLR);
UNDERSCORING the Universal Humanitarian values and practices;
DO HEREBY launch A GENERATION FOR A BETTER AFRICA website for increased outreach and advocacy as well as effective networking with related stakeholders. It is our strong conviction that peace at any level of society or any one part of the world constitutes International peace and stability as a prerequisite social, political and economic progress.
A Generation for A Better Africa considers the third World status of Africa within the contemporary International System. The organisation is concerned with the moral degeneration in conduct of warfare to the extent of employment of suicide as weaponry.
There are incidents that have left unprecedented state of terror that will take concerted efforts if confidence is to be restored. This has undoubtedly impacted on the socio economic development.
As a registered civil society organisation AGABA seeks to complement government efforts by addressing the moral fabric at community level with focus on the youth. This is based on the concept of a community as an integral part of the International Community.
Accordingly therefore, the organisation will seek the support of all stakeholders, national and international in the interest of peace and stability. Peace for a specific geographical part constitutes peace of the nation as well as the continent by extension. Interventions will include sensitisation alongside support for cultural and welfare efforts. The end state is conflict transformation at the grass root level of society away from violence in the interest of harmony.
A Generation for A Better Africa – seeks to employ peaceful models of conflict transformation to engage youth in realizing peace and preventing the escalation of violence within communities in Africa, primarily through region-based early warning and response methods.
It is estimated that 98% of the participants in violent conflicts on the continent are youths. Often they are employed by older citizens exploiting their ignorance of the impact of realities including the Global environment. As a result, in the recent past the continent has witnessed unprecedented extremism as manifested by the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and incidents of suicide on the increase.
In countries that have recovered from civil wars including Uganda, Rwanda, Liberia and Sera Leone the potent of resurgence cannot be ruled out without effective mitigating measures in place. The situation in the bigger part of MAGREB parts of the continent including Somalia by extension can be referred to as anarchy. In the Democratic Republic of Congo intense conflict has been raging for close to two decades with estimate five million lives lost so far. Child abuse and rape is the order of the day among other evils.
The youth remains the generation for a better Africa as an essential resource for peace building and development. They are however, faced with enormous challenges that inhibit their participation in development processes. Unemployment, under-employment and chronic poverty persists despite government development interventions and the programmes of international development agencies. The rising prevalence of HIV/AIDs amongst the youths, high crime rate, political and ethnic violence are effects as a result, the continent have to contend with.
In the circumstances initiatives that can engage youth in peace building, governance and development interventions, especially within the poorest and most-deprived communities of Africa will go a long way in mitigating the scourge of underdevelopment.