Head of Human Resource and Youth Development, African Union Commission (AUC)

Ms. Prudence Ngwenya is the current Head of the Division of Human Resource and Youth Development at the African Union Commission (AUC). Her main responsibilities include leading and providing strategic guidance on the AUC’s mandate on Youth Development. The task involves maintaining a robust, innovative and results oriented AUC Youth Programme aligned to key AU frameworks such as Agenda 2063. She works directly with Ministers in charge of Youth Development in all AU Member States. Her areas of focus include; developing frameworks for use by AU Ministries in charge of youth to align AU frameworks at country and regional levels, developing institutional linkages and policy mechanisms to promote regional collaboration and integration in the implementation of the relevant AU frameworks. She led the team which conceptualized the 1 Million By 2021 Initiative of AUC Chairperson H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, and continues to lead in that work.

Prior to joining the AUC, she worked with Southern African AIDS Trust as the Strategic Advisor to the Regional Director, the UNFPA Eswatini country office providing technical support to the development, implementation, management and monitoring of country strategies for HIV prevention, providing particular guidance on UNFPA’s mandate on Youth Development and providing policy guidance and technical support to help the country office focus HIV planning and programming so as to deliver results on sexual and reproductive health for all population groups especially youth.