Welcome to Afar Youth Association!
Our people’s greatest need is ethical and entrepreneurial leadership. Too often, we ignore addressing the symptoms of poor leadership in our community: we play into identity politics that divide our small community, we follow people instead of values, we let others speak for us. We are experiencing ethnic cleansing, land theft, and forced military conscription. These issues are expressed through political, social, and economic marginalization, and weak leadership. But these issues will never stop unless we develop leaders who are ethical, entrepreneurs who create jobs, and innovators that develop lasting solutions to the root causes of our problems. Our organization aims to develop the future Alimirah Hanfare, the next Aicha Dabaleh, and the Afar Bill Gates.
Our Vision & Mission
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’.
What makes this conference important?
Our organization has worked for the last eight years to bring the diaspora Afar youth under one umbrella organization. We have worked to connect diaspora youth to each other and to issues facing our people and our territories. We have done this through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and at Afar gatherings across the diaspora.
We asked ourselves “what is next?” We’ve concluded that it is time to start a Afar youth movement. A movement for ideas, a movement for action, and a movement for uniting our people under a single vision.
What Brings Us together: Shared Purpose
Join others who believe that developing strong leadership is the most powerful lever for transforming the Afar community.