“I am the captain of my soul.” Nelson Mandela

Building a just society is not only about establishing a political system with committed and law-abiding politicians and strong democratic institutions, but also about building a democratic and peaceful political culture in which different world views are tolerated, respected, mixed and changed for the betterment of society.
West African countries will face a population explosion in the coming decades. The future of the region will depend heavily on the attitude and behavior of young people in a just society conducive to the realization of their dreams and aspirations. Although some countries in the region have made economic, social, and political progress, poverty and unemployment persist.

With few prospects of earning a decent living in their own countries, a growing number of young men and women are looking to the West, particularly Europe, for a better life. While some seek quick alternatives to the misery of their communities and countries by joining gangs, others are attracted to terrorist organizations that promise them a better future.

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (West Africa Office) supports projects in the region that contribute to the development of a new generation of young people who are self-critical, open-minded and politically determined but peaceful.

For more information, please contact ndongo S. Sylla: ndongo.sylla@rosalux.org