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The Forum of Young Zongo Leaders: Transforming Our Zongo Communities

October 14, 2015

The Forum of Young Zongo Leaders (The Forum) is a unique community of committed young people from the more than 350 Zongo Communities across Ghana. The Forum, which is shaped along the lines of the Forum of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, seeks to bring together more than 10,000 committed young people who are ready and willing to effect positive changes in the various Zongo Communities in Ghana.

Bold, brave, action-oriented and entrepreneurial, these young people will commit both their time, talent and resources to make the Zongo a better place, and also to contribute to the development of Ghana.

The Forum will be made up of young people from the Zongo Communities in Ghana, and abroad who are Agriculturists/Farmers, Teachers, Nurses, Doctors, Engineers, Pharmacists, Diplomats, Accountants, Lawyers, Politicians, Drivers, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, Civil Servants, Social Workers, Military Officers, Police Officers, Fire Officers, Immigration Officers, Custom Officers, Journalists, Public Relation Officers, Bankers, Financial Analysts, Research Fellows, Lecturers, Students, Interns, Traders, and from every stakeholder group in our society.

Under 45, these young people will commit themselves to, first and foremost, making themselves relevant to their societies, and then to actively participate in the development and the transformation of the Zongo Communities.

The Forum will give its members a peer network that challenges them to be better leaders in both their personal and professional lives. It is a support system that questions, and constantly pushes its members to not only do more, but to be more too.

Every year, starting from 2016, The Forum of Young Zongo Leaders will meet once at an Annual Meeting to discuss topical issues affecting Zongo Communities, but most importantly the Forum will make annual commitments in a form of projects, programs and scholarships in addressing some of these challenges identified.

The Forum of Young Zongo Leaders has three main objectives:

Collaboration: to build a diverse and the largest community of Zongo youth who engage in networks and processes that look for forward-looking and innovative solutions to the problems faced by Zongo Communities in Ghana.

Learning: to transform the next generation of Zongo leaders through personal experiences that build knowledge and engender better understanding of global, regional, national and industry agendas.

Action: to positively make impact by engaging young people from the various Zongo Communities in initiatives and workstreams related to specific challenges they have identified.

Membership will be opened to all young people both within and outside Ghana who are committed to the development and the transformation of Zongo Communities in Ghana. The Forum is non-religious and non-political community of committed young people.

In advancing its aims and objectives, the Forum of Young Zongo Leaders will build partnerships of great purpose between the government, corporate organizations, NGO’s and individuals to work faster and better; to find sustainable solutions that will transform lives of young people in Zongo Communities. The Forum will collaborate with stakeholders such as the World Bank, the UNDP, the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Al-Waleed Philanthropies, and other interested organizations.

The activities of the Forum of Young Zongo Leaders will be coordinated by Initiative for Youth Development (IYD-Ghana), a non-governmental non-profit youth development organization registered in Ghana as a company limited by guarantee.

To become a member of The Forum of Young Zongo Leaders, please like our Facebook page at, and follow the discussions.


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One Comment
  1. ethical rufai permalink

    we need to fight hard to raise the image of our community

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