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TitleCOMPENDIUM OF CASE STUDIES ON YOUTH AND MANAGING FOR DEVELOPMENT RESULTS (MfDR)
AuthorACBF
SubjectYOUTH AND MANAGING FOR DEVELOPMENT RESULTS
Date of Publication201807
PublisherAfrican Community of Practice on Management for Development result at the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Number of Pages51 pages
LanguageEnglish
Geographical CoverageZimbabwe, Tanzania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Africa
KeywordsYOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVES IN AFRICA, Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria, Youth employment through agricultural development: Evidence from Malawi, Exploring Urban Youth Unemployment in Zimbabwe, Innovative strategies for increasing youth employability: The case of Kenya, The Education System in African Growth and Transformation, Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Interventions
AbstractThe African continent has seen an unprecedented youth bulge. Half of the population is under 25 years of age, and from 2015-2035, there will be an annual increase of 500,000 young people aged 15. Though, African countries have experienced rapid gross domestic product growth in the last decade, their youth unemployment remains high. The growth of almost all African countries still depend on primary commodities for their exports and the failure of this growth to reduce poverty is stark in several countries. Thus, African youth unemployment is on the rise exacerbated by an absence of industries that may employ a great number of youth. Although significant proportion of African youth are better educated, many are unemployed or underemployed in the informal economy and part of the problem is a mismatch between the skills that young jobseekers have to offer and those that employers need. In general, barriers to youth employment include lack of job creation, vulnerability of young workers to layoffs when economic growth falters, high labor costs or unrealistic wage expectations on the part of youth, discrimination (negative attitudes toward inexperienced young workers), poor access to fundamental education (including lack of skills from limited job experience and thus little access to on-the-job training), and inadequacy of government policies to fully support youth empowerment. Particularly, youth unemployment is higher among females because of cultural expectations of marriage, care-giving, and domestic work. Whilst, demography is an important contributor to Africa's youth unemployment, the latter is also found to be structurally, geographically, and socially complex.
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