Pan-African Youth Movements

Pan African Youth Movements

Pan African youth movements are youth movements working for the interest of Africa. Most of these movements started as liberation movements with the end result of achieving independence for African countries that were in the quest for independence. The mother movement on this Pan Africanism was called the Pan African Youth Movement (PYM) created in 1962 in Guinea Conakry with headquarters in Algiers. During its congress in 2003 the name was changed to the Pan African Youth Union (PYU) with headquarters transferred to Khartoum, Sudan. PYU is a continental youth coordinating body for youth councils, youth co-coordinating bodies and organizations in Africa. The organization is a specialized agent of the African Union. The PYU is guided by the African Youth Charter, Pan Africanism, the desire to see young people being the drivers of the developmental agenda of Africa and above all things the love for a better Africa. Following the congress of the organization held in Johanesburg from November 28 – 29, 2014 Francine Mymbuya (Democratic Republic of Congo) was elected as the first female President of the organization.


Apart from PYU which is a specialized agency of the African Union, there are many other Pan African Movements in the continent with diverse objectives. CAMYOSFOP being an advocate of the AU, in an attempt to extend her tentacles to the continent facilitated the creation of the African Youth Forum for Peace (AYFP) in 2008