New Projects

1. Stop Killer Robots Round X Grant (April- September 2022)

Virtual Planet Africa secured funding from Stop Killer Robots to build political engagement and leadership for the youths in our network in order to increase public discourse on the development of binding international law to regulate and ban lethal autonomous weapon systems. The project aims to involve youth and governments in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania so that they can play an active role in the development of the aforementioned international humanitarian law. We aim to amplify the voices of young people on regulating Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Autonomous Weapon Systems (AWS) that have adverse impacts on human dignity and life, especially among vulnerable populations.

2.Youth, Political Participation & Covid-19: Building Back Better after Restrictions- Zambia, Zimbabwe & Tanzania (February-August 2022)

With a generous grant from the Global Youth Mobilization, Virtual Planet Africa is implementing this project in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania. We acknowledge the restrictions that came with the Covid-19 pandemic and how that has led to a serious shrinking of the political space for youths and other members of the public. Youths had already been disproportionately affected by draconian policies imposed by governments in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania in order to stifle their voices and discourage democratic participation.

The project looks at ways in which youths can be effectively involved and how they can maximise online and offline participation in the respective target countries. We work towards having the voices of youths in the three countries heard beyond their immediate communities and beyond their borders. The project, which ends in July 2022, will culminate in the production of a toolkit for youth participation in politics, shared stories and frameworks for best practices. As part of the project, we carry out periodic dialogue sessions with youths and incorporate their ideas into our programming:

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