Chairperson’s Official Visits in Africa


Uganda – 26 July 2017

Kishva Ambigapathy with Lilian Aber, Chairperson of the National Youth Council of Uganda, Rugumayo Edson, Co-Chair of the Youth Leaders Forum Taskforce, Lawrence Muli, Youth Division Commonwealth Secretariat & Sam Ogwal. They had fruitful discussions on the strategic agenda for the Commonwealth Youth Leaders Forum, the CYC, and youth opportunities in Uganda.




Kenya – 27 – 28 July 2017

The Chairperson met with Tony Rilley from the British Council in Kenya to discuss the CYC’s impact on youth in Kenya and the Future Leaders program by the British Council.

The Vice Chairperson of Partnerships and Resources, Faith Manthi, and Kishva visited the United Nations Headquarters in Africa. They met the Director-General Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia & had productive meetings with Dr. Abdul Rahman Lamin and the team at UNESCO Eastern Africa.

Kishva was also welcomed by the Kenya National Youth Council Chairperson, Dishon Atemo-Dfo, and the executive board in Nairobi. The Youth Council and Kishva had discussions about youth development and empowerment to strengthen their relationship and empower youth in Kenya.

The Chairperson had a casual catch-up session with Commonwealth Youth Network Leaders and recipients of the President’s Award Kenya to discuss the Commonwealth Youth Leaders Forum and how the CYC can engage with local leaders to impact more Kenyan youth.

Kishva Ambigapathy met with the Directorate, Ministry of Public Service, Youth & Gender of Kenya on the works of the Commonwealth Youth Council and had very fruitful discussions on partnerships to help the Commonwealth youth. 


Lesotho – 11 August 2017

During the Chairperson’s Africa Tour, Kishva was welcomed by the Hon. Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki; he also had productive meetings with Lesotho’s Minister of Gender & Youth, Sports & Recreation Hon. Kabelo Mafura, Ministry’s Principal Secretary Fetsane Seoka & Johane Mahao Executive Secretary of Lesotho Youth Council. Kishva discussed the work of the CYC and opportunities for youth in Lesotho.





Virtual engagement with youth in Cameroon – 12 August 2017

This year, on International Youth Day, with the theme “Youths Building Peace” for International Youth Day, Kishva Ambigapathy was invited to join youth via Skype at the Local Youth Center in Cameroon. Kishva spoke about the CYC, and about the importance of this day in recognizing the efforts of young people in conflict prevention and countering violent extremism.