Who We Are

We are a network of young Afar leaders who share a common vision: transforming our community in the Afar Triangle and across the diaspora by developing and connecting a new generation of young leaders.  We strive to be a platform run by and for Afar youth who want to shape their own future. We acknowledge the tremendous challenges and uncertainties that young people are facing in the Afar Triangle and throughout the diaspora. It is our mission to bring together like minded youth together to create a strong youth-lead community. A community of young people that are committed to the social, economic, and political betterment of our people.

Our Vision

We aim to  identify, develop and connect the next generation of young Afar leaders

Our Mission

Afar Youth Association (AYA) seeks to transform the Afar community by developing a powerful network  of young leaders across the diaspora and within the Afar territories who will work together to address our people’s greatest challenges, achieve social impact, and accelerate  the transformation of our community and territories.

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Our priorities

Education

Education is the most important tool that we can use in addressing the social, economic, and political marginalization of our people. AYA will invest in primary and tertiary education across the Afar Triangle.

Leadership Development

Today more than ever, our community needs to invest in developing young leaders across the diaspora and within the Afar territories who will work together to address our people’s greatest challenges, achieve social impact, and accelerate the transformation of our community and territories.

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs today have the capacity to transform whole communities. AYA will invest in young entrepreneurs so that they have the ability to promote social change and drive innovation in our community.