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Generation jobless? Alarming Rate of Youth Unemployment in Africa

When : Fri­day, May 03, 2013

Time: 12:00 East­ern Stan­dard Time

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Host : Kouassi Nina and Con­stance Walyaro

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Around the world almost 300m 15– to 24-​year-​olds are not work­ing. What has caused this epi­demic of job­less­ness? And what can abate it?

Among the world’s unem­ployed, young peo­ple have been par­tic­u­larly hard hit. Youth unem­ploy­ment rates are sig­nif­i­cantly higher than adult unem­ploy­ment rates in both devel­oped and devel­op­ing coun­tries. Global protest move­ments of young peo­ple are a man­i­fes­ta­tion of their lack of job prospects.


Sene­galese oppo­si­tion politi­cians denounced the country’s high unem­ploy­ment rate to mobi­lize youth against for­mer Pres­i­dent Abdoulaye Wade in the country’s 2012 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Job­less­ness was one of the main issues that drove the country’s many young peo­ple into the streets and to the vot­ing sta­tions to press for a change of gov­ern­ment. At least six peo­ple died in the protests, and Pres­i­dent Wade was defeated by the cur­rent leader, Macky Sall.


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In Africa, young peo­ple aged between 15 and 25 rep­re­sent more than 60 per cent of the continent’s total pop­u­la­tion and account for 45 per cent of the total labour force. Unlike other devel­op­ing regions, sub-​Saharan Africa’s pop­u­la­tion is becom­ing more youth­ful, with youth as a pro­por­tion of the total pop­u­la­tion pro­jected at over 75 per cent by 2015, due to the high fer­til­ity rate under­ly­ing the demo­graphic momen­tum. It is expected that this increase in the num­ber of young peo­ple will not decline before 20 years or more.

Unfor­tu­nately , youth account for 60% of all African unem­ployed, accord­ing to the World Bank. The inci­dence of youth unem­ploy­ment in sub– Saha­ran African is esti­mated to be over 20 per cent. The story of Africa’s wor­ri­some youth unem­ploy­ment is often told along­side the story of the continent’s fast and steady eco­nomic growth.

In this dis­cus­sion, we will ana­lyze the rea­son of this high rate of youth unem­ploy­ment, its con­se­quences on African Youth and together we will try to have some ideas on how to fight youth unemployment.


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Generation jobless? Alarming Rate of Youth Unemployment in Africa
Generation jobless? Alarming Rate of Youth Unemployment in Africa
Generation jobless? Alarming Rate of Youth Unemployment in Africa
Generation jobless? Alarming Rate of Youth Unemployment in Africa
Generation jobless? Alarming Rate of Youth Unemployment in Africa
Generation jobless? Alarming Rate of Youth Unemployment in Africa
Generation jobless? Alarming Rate of Youth Unemployment in Africa
Generation jobless? Alarming Rate of Youth Unemployment in Africa

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