African Youth Development Link

Kampala, Uganda
Joined March 2021

African Youth Development Link (AYDL) is Uganda's leading dynamic youth-led NGO, on a mission to put young people at the heart of decision-making!

Presence in: Uganda
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy, Right to Information, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

African Youth Development Link (AYDL) is Uganda’s leading dynamic youth-led NGO, on a mission to put young people at the heart of decision-making! Headquartered in Ntinda, a  suburb in Uganda’s capital Kampala, AYDL was established in 2008 to provide a link between youth and governance policy processes in Uganda so that we are each part of something larger than ourselves. The organization strives to advocate for implementation and reform of laws and policies for increased young people’s participation in leadership and democratic governance process in local and national levels for progress and change.

Since 2014, AYDL has also been coordinating the Youth Coalition on Electoral Democracy in Uganda (YCED), — a coalition comprised of youth-led civil society organizations united in the desire to create synergy in various electoral democracy efforts currently being undertaken throughout Uganda. Through YCED, AYDL works with partners to mobilize youth across the country every five years as we head into the next election to generate issues for the National Youth Manifesto (NYM), with the latest one being the NYM 2021 – 2026; which is a set of policy demands by young Ugandans calling on government and candidates to make the best possible contributions to the development of the country. It presents an opportunity for government to harness the potential of youth by adopting a youth-led approach to development as a means of accelerating progress towards achieving the national vision of: ‘A transformed Ugandan society from a peasant to a modern and prosperous country within 30 years.’