OUR ISSUES

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT & SKILLS

OUR ISSUES

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT & SKILLS

Overview
Africa’s youth population is growing rapidly, and it is expected that by 2050, the majority of young people in the world will live on the continent. However, even today, there are not enough decent jobs to absorb the up to 20 million young Africans entering the labor market each year. Three-quarters of entrants to the labor market are self-employed or work in microenterprises, and less than 5% will find a formal wage-paying job. Equipping young Africans with the skills required to meet the growing and fast-evolving demands of the labor market is crucial. Secondary education, in particular, will be critical in preparing young Africans to earn a decent living.

Our Youth Employment and Skills (YES) programs, initiatives, and research projects help African countries create an enabling environment for developing youth skills to meet current and future job demands. Our work supports governments in identifying sectors with the capacity for rapid job creation and helps them to improve the ease of doing business to attract more investment. We also engage African youth on economic policy by facilitating dialogues between young people and policymakers in partnership with youth organizations.

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YES Pan-African Coalition for Transformation (PACT) Chapter

The YES PACT Chapter will help countries across Africa identify common problems and challenges faced in Youth Employment and Skills and identify examples of best practices in one or more countries to be shared.
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