It is undeniable that human development does not depend solely on poverty reduction, but recently there has been greater consensus on the fact that to attain such an objective, it is required to increase equality and to foster the reduction of discrimination and inequalities of all sorts.
During recent years, afrodescendants in the American region have become important social and political actors that vindicate their rights, acknowledging that the history of Afrodescendant populations has been expressed through continuous resistance and strength, which undeniably has influenced for centuries the history of countries from the region.
According to statistical data, Afrodescendant populations register some of the lowest numbers regarding social exclusion. In counterpoint to this hard reality, there are several axes that point towards the potential of organized afrodescendant youths such as networks, movements and organizations; paired with dialogue with the political powers, which has foster advancements in favor of racial equality during recent years.
Governments, grassroots and local organizations, and international organisms have been working together with Afrodescendant populations in the fight to eradicate racism, racial discrimination, and for the inclusion of this sector in decision making roles and to define relevant public policies. It is under such political frameworks that afrodescendant youths have always played an important role during significant socio-political moments within their countries, strengthening and assessing the struggle of the afrodescendant movement throughout the world, and identifying itself as a part of it.
Such a movement indicates the construction of a new role for afrodescendant youths, which envisions participative and proactive measures in order to construct a new social scene for these youths, assessing distinctions and overcoming inequalities.