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Youth and  Employment  in Africa: The Potential, the Problem, the Promise Image

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Youth and  Employment  in Africa: The Potential, the Problem, the Promise

Youth and Employment in Africa: The Potential, the Problem, the Promise

Summary

According to the African Development Indicators (ADI) 2008/09, a job-seeking African youth (age 15-24) — typically a poor, out–of–school female living in a rural area — will likely face increasingly greater challenges in securing employment on the continent. Arguing for a multi-sectoral approach, this report suggests several key areas to begin tackling the employment issue, including expanding job and education alternatives in the rural areas; encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship; improving the access and quality of skills formation; and addressing demographic issues.

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