Upwards of 50% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa is younger than 25 years old. Over the next decade, 11 million young Africans will enter the labor market each year. Can the continent create enough productive employment for this new generation? What policies and measures need to be put in place to ensure that these young men and women will be able to earn a decent living and contribute to the development of their respective countries?
According to the World Bank report “Out-of-School Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa”, there are 88 million out-of-school youth, a number which makes up half of all youth on the continent. Approximately 80% of youth in Africa have precarious employment situations, with this rate being even higher in rural areas, topping 98%. In addition, many of those who do not finish secondary school or university are not able to acquire the necessary technical, social, and emotional competencies that will help them find productive employment.
The youth employment and inclusion challenge in Africa has multiple dimensions and a multisectoral approach is required in order to develop human capital. The “Youth Forum on Employment, Training, and Inclusion: A Knowledge-Sharing Event for Sub-Saharan Africa” organized by the World Bank Group Senegal office will bring together African ministers, World Bank Group experts, development partners, civil society leaders, private sector leaders, youth entrepreneurs, students, and professors to dissect this challenge and come up with solutions to improve the future of Africa’s youth.
Through interactive workshops that highlight the perspectives of key participants including youth, members of the private sector and the government, as well as innovative practices and promising solutions across the region, this forum aims to identify the main constraints and propose priority cross sectoral policies to improve skills development, integration of vulnerable youth, and the creation of productive employment.