History of NAYD
'Africa has problems that are very particular to it and will have its possible solutions that will always be very different from that of the rest of the world' Pochi Tamba-Nsoh, founder of NAYD
Pochi wrote in the first edition of INSPIRE, NAYD's e-magazine 'I see this massive forum where young persons involved in development or worried about the fate of the continent can share information and resources, thus making their voices heard all over the continent.' In March 2007 she gathered some thirty youths in Cameroon from different youth led programmes around Africa to lay the ground work for NAYD under the theme “Sustainable partnerships for development”.
I met Pochi at the World Youth Congress in Scotland in 2005. I was giving talks to delegates on mapping using satellite navigation systems, asking how such a technology could be useful for their work. Pochi attended, we had a laugh and stayed in contact. A few months later she shared her ideas with me and asked if I could help. I set up the WEB which included an option to join. What surprised me was the immediate response - from the beginning it was clear there was an enormous desire to hold hands and become part of a family of youth activists.
In the early years Pochi had a great team contributing to the brilliant INSPIRE magazine. The first issue still resonates with me - please read it when you can. Christian Tabifor, Judyannet Muchiri and myself have all produced editions, managing over 60 issues including some great special editions.
A Yahoo group became the first communication platform, followed by a Google group for INSPIRE. As social media became more dominant NAYD moved into Youtube, LinkedIn, facebook and GooglePlus.
NAYD has tried to hold workshops on a few occasions but each time there were issues. We regret these postponements, especially the inconveniences caused, but know how important it is to meet face to face and are determined to succeed one day soon.
NAYD's initial focus was the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) subsequently replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in January 2016. This focus led to an initiative called #NAYDSDGs, registered with UNDESA. that gathered together mixed gender teams of activists to promote, advocate and monitor the SDGs in their countries.
We recently set up a Research Desk, helping to give a voice to youth-led advances at the forefront of rural community development.
Presently we have Country Focal Points, elected on an annual basis, acting as a hub for youth development activity in their country. Their efforts are completely voluntary. In fact in the 11 years of NAYD we have never had any money. We believe this is a strength of the organisation. People join to share experiences, ideas and values.
NAYD now has tens of thousands of members from all corners of the world. We believe that holding hands and working together unconditionally is the way forward for One Africa.
Paul Shaw, NAYD lead