Who We Are

Who We Are

The National Association of Youth Organizations (NAYO Africa) is a Youth Umbrella Body for youth organizations working in Zimbabwe. NAYO ‘s work spread from national, regional and international level; being the Global Youth Coordinator for CSOs Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), Regional Youth Coordinator for SADC-AAYC and at local level as National Youth Sector Chairperson with National Association of NGOs (NANGO). NAYO  is  premised  on  the  notion  that  youth  have an  integral  role  to  play  in  the development of the nation; a voice and platform throughout the spectrum of Zimbabwean societal concerns. The  growing  marginalization  of  youth,  increasing  unemployment  of youth and social exclusion, gender based violence and  inequalities, the vulnerability of youth and women to HIV and AIDS, among other key issues prompted youth organizations  to  seek a common platform  to address  these challenges in 2011. NAYO Africa places immense value in diversity of people and ideas in order to achieve the highest possible standards. The association is registered and operates under the Laws of Zimbabwe. 


To see a repositioned, redefined and enhanced role of youth in community and national, regional and international developmental processes.


To redress the challenges that youth are facing and contribute towards their active participation in developmental processes through Coordination, Advocacy, Capacity Building and Information Sharing Initiatives.


  • To  build  and  sustain  an  open,  flexible,  transparent  and  accountable  National  Association  of  Youth Organizations.
  • To foster solidarity, information learning, exchange, and dissemination.
  • To create a common platform to advocate for the concerns of youth at National, Regional and International levels.
  • To  build  the  capacity  of  partner  organizations  and  their  constituencies  to  effectively participate in community and national development processes.
  • To mobilize resources and support in order to enable the work of NAYO for the common good of young people in Zimbabwe and Africa. 


  • Transparency and accountability
  • Non-partisan
  • Gender Equality
  • Primacy of Young People
  • Inclusiveness and Impartiality
  • Confidentiality
  • Human Rights and Cultural tolerance
  • Participation

Given the dynamism of youths, NAYO’s programs fall within Thematic Clusters

Development Effectiveness (DE)

Focuses on ensuring the informed participation of youth in development issues which include Development Effectiveness (DE), 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda...

Civic Participation (CP) Cluster

Focuses on Civic Activism, Peace Building, Enabling Environment, Volunteerism, Governance, Fostering Social Movements and Mobilization, Social Accountability ...

Social Cluster

The Social Cluster focuses on Child Development and Participation, Education and Strengthening Social Protection systems for children working with partners...

Mainstream Cluster

Focuses on cross-cutting themes that are mainstreamed in NAYO programs and these include: HIV and AIDS, Climate Change, Gender and Peace-Building...