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The Africa Youth COVID-19 Roundtable

April 18, 2020


As the number of COVID-19 infections continue to rise around the world, experts predict that Sub-Saharan Africa—and other poor regions—could be hardest hit in terms of health, as well as socioeconomically. Africa’s youth are concerned about the pandemic and its impact on their countries, and they urgently need trusted sources for COVID-19 information. 

The World Bank Africa Youth Transforming Africa initiative (YTA) and the Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA) are partnering to organize regular roundtables on development topics to allow dialogue among Africa’s youth, and prepare some youth-grown solutions to influence policymaking in Africa. During this first roundtable featuring medical and communications experts, young Africans will learn more about COVID-19 and how to identify trusted sources.

YTA, an initiative of the World Bank Africa Region, gives African youth a seat at the table to join in the discussion about Africa’s development challenges. YTA provides a platform where Africa’s young people can freely express their views, propose solutions, and influence policy-making.

YALDA strives to provide a forum for youth on the African continent and those abroad with a commitment to the welfare of Africa. By networking with professionals, mentors and each other, members of YALDA increase their capacity to take positive leadership roles in the universities, countries and on the continent. Through YALDA, members implement their long-term visions for Africa. To move our mission forward, YALDA organizes conferences that bring together African students, business professionals, and influential political leaders to discuss the challenges facing the African continent and the critical role of youth in overcoming them.

The World Bank Group’s Africa Region is supporting the Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa in the organization of this roundtable, as part of its Youth Transforming Africa initiative. However, the discussions will reflect the individual opinions of participants, and are not attributable to the World Bank Group.  

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    Dr. Christabel Ngwashi


    Medical Doctor, Blog4Dev 2019 Winner, Cameroon


    Alexandre Hery


    External Affairs Officer, World Bank Africa Region


    Musopa Kalenga


    Blog4Dev Winner 2019, Zambia


    Pretty Thogo


    Operations Director, YALDA Botswana

  • Welcome

    • Musopa Kalenga, Blog4Dev 2019 winner (Zambia)
    • Pretty Thogo, Director of Operations, YALDA Botswana

    Opening Remarks

    • Maura Leary, Acting Manager, External Affairs, World Bank Africa Region

    Panel Discussion

    • What is Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what can you do to protect yourself, your family and your community – Dr. Christabel Ngwashi (MD)
    • How can Africa’s youth identify trusted sources of COVID-19 on various platforms especially on social media – Alexandre Hery, External Affairs Officer, World Bank Africa Region

    Q&A session

    • Moderated by Pretty Thogo

    Closing Remarks

    • Pretty Thogo and Musopa Kalenga
  • The online webinar will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 5pm (EAT); 4pm (CAT); 3pm WAT; 10 am EST time. It will run for 90 minutes.

    Click here to register.


  • LOCATION: Online
  • DATE: Saturday, April 18, 2020
  • TIME (EAT): 5pm
  • TIME (CAT): 4pm
  • TIME (WAT): 3pm
  • TIME (EST): 10 am