ACLW proudly introduces its Youth Leadership Program,
IMAD - I'm Making a Difference
for women and men aged 18-25 years old.
Our Changing World
It cannot be doubted that our world has many serious issues challenging it on many fronts. In its 2017 Report, The World Economic Forum singled out several key global challenges which include:
- » Food Security: By 2050, the worldmust feed 9 billion people. Yet the demand for food will be 60% greater than it is today.
- » Economic, political and social Inequalities despite huge gains in global economic output, education, technology and science.
- » Unemployment: Jobs for the hundreds of millions of unemployed people around the world. The International Labour Organization estimates thatmore than 61 million jobs have been lost since the start of the global economic crisis in 2008, leaving more than 200 million people unemployed globally.
- » Climate Change: The Earth’s average land temperature has warmed nearly 1°C in the past 50 years as a result of human activity, global greenhouse gas emissions have grown by nearly 80% since 1970, and atmospheric concentrations of the major greenhouse gases are at their highest level in 800,000 years. Policy-makers have been advised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that there is a high risk of catastrophic climate change if warming is not limited to 2°C. The historic agreement reached in Paris in December 2015 outlines a global commitment to keep warming to 2°C and to strive to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
- » Global Health: serious challenges to global health remain, ranging from dealing with pandemics to the rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to the prohibitive costs of care, particularly in developing countries. The number of people on the planet is set to rise to 9.7 billion in 2050 with 2 billion aged over 60. The global health system will need to adjust to this massive population growth, which will be concentrated in the poorest countries, and increasing numbers of elderly.
Equipping our Youth to LEAD
With a rapidly ageing population, solving these serious problems will be up to the young people of today. But how are we equipping them to lead, to turn their passion into action to influence change and be change agents?
ACLW through its Youth targeted leadership program, IMAD for young women and men aged 18 – 25 years will build the leadership capacity and confidence of young people to resolve real issues in our society at a local, regional and national level. IMAD is for youth interested in finding out about leadership or youth who do not have the confidence to lead. You do not have to be an emerging or established leader to engage in IMAD. You just have to be interested in wanting to improve the world you connect with.