This week we present you with a collection of videos about Youth Employment in Africa. Empowering African youth can only occur when youth employment is prioritised and turned into a key development area throughout the continent. In the collection of videos below you will find a few documentaries, conference level discussions, and short pieces about the challenges youth employment faces on the continent.

As the Video Archive will continue to grow, remember that we will regularly update it with filmed news, documentaries, and discussions about the Agenda 2063 strategy in the hopes that it provides an invaluable resources for anyone working in the African developmental sector, or all those who wants to learn more, or research the strategy further. We will also include videos that are related to health, education, employment, and access in Africa.

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Increasing Job Opportunities for Young People in Africa

Africa is the world’s “youngest” region, with more than half its population under the age of 25. Eleven million youth are expected to enter Africa’s labor market every year for the next decade. #whatwillittake to raise their earning potential? Listen to young people from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Niger describe how they found work and what they aspire to do. Their stories illustrate the importance of hastening overall business climate reforms, strengthening basic education, and making land, infrastructure, training and financing more accessible to young people.

Young people's agenda 2063 in Africa continent

Ndaba Mandela and Malam Issa Assoumana talking about the role of the youth in the African continent.

Youth Employment in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges

2014 Dec AERC Biannual workshop held in Lusaka, Zambia.

Africa has the fastest growing and most youthful population globally. More than 20 percent of Africa’s population is between the ages of 15 and 24. Thus, the continent faces demographic challenges as its population of young people increases, and access to secure jobs continues to be difficult. Beyond economic costs, high rates of youth unemployment and underemployment have social ramifications. Some youth, with few job prospects and little hope of future advancement, may see little alternative to criminal activities or joining armed conflicts. Consequently, unemployed and underemployed youth are more exposed to conflicts and illegal activities—many of them fall prey to armed and rebel groups, and are readily available for anti-social criminal activities that undermine the stability of society. The plenary conference was chaired by Dr. Michael Gondwe, Governor of Central Bank of Zambia. The session

2015 Africa Youth Forum: Embracing Entrepreneurship

The 2015 Africa Youth Forum organized by the World Bank Group-IMF Young African Society hosted more than 100 young leaders from all over Africa to share scalable solutions to challenges in their communities.

Emerging African Entrepreneurs

This year’s Global entrepreneurship summit is taking place in Kenya. US president Barack Obama is Co- Chairing a Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi Kenya where over 3000 startups will have the opportunity to pitch for investment as well as share ideas.

ICGLR: Youth Summit Forum: Sharing Investment Opportunities

Youth in the great lakes region have been urged to venture into business instead of waiting for formal employment after school. A Youth summit has opened in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, aimed at sharing investment opportunities among the youth from the various countries. CCTV’s Kofa Mrenje Reports

Africa Youth Employment

World Bank experts say sub-Saharan Africa needs to create 11 million new jobs each year just to keep up with young people entering the workforce. While the region has seen rapid economic growth, experts worry it will not be enough to employ all the people who want to work. VOA’s Mariama Diallo has the conclusion of her special report and later she discusses more on employment in Africa with VOA’s Vincent Makori.

Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa has the youngest population in the world. Currently almost 200 million Africans are aged between 15 and 24 and in Sub-Saharan Africa the median person is 18 years old — seven years younger than the median age in South Asia, the next youngest region.

Moreover, by 2045 the number of young people in Africa is set to double. This ‘demographic dividend’ offers a unique opportunity for countries to benefit from the skills and resources of a youthful workforce; however, if countries fail to create sufficient economic opportunities for this group, the potential outcomes are worrying. Given the existing structure of economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the fact that today’s youth are generally better educated than their parents, where will these young people find productive work? In the same sectors as their parents? Or are there new opportunities? Is there a gender dimension involved, and what can policymakers do to address these issues?

Deon Filmer and Louise Fox recently published a comprehensive, 280-page report on Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa that deals with these and many other related questions. In this Google Hangout*, Deon and Louise will talk about the main findings of their work, with Ahmadou Aly Mbaye as the discussant. Mary Hallward-Driemeier will chair the discussion.

Collaborating to Solve Youth Employment in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa faces a paradox that has global relevance and implications: it will be home to the largest youth population in the world by 2050 and although literacy rates (by 6%) and education enrollment rates (by 9%) have been on the rise, youth unemployment continues to hover above 60% across the region. How will African youth create or secure sustainable and meaningful livelihoods? And more specifically, who is responsible for youth employment in Africa?

With this in mind, we will be posing the closing question “What does successful cross-sector collaboration look like?” during the closing webinar and concurrent twitter chat for the Fair Observer series on September 17th: “Collaborating to Solve Youth Employment”.

Youth Employment in Africa

ABN’s Lindsay Williams speaks with Mthuli Ncube, Chief Economist & Vice President, African Development Bank.

Youth employment in Africa: how can development cooperation contribute to the solutions?

The 2012 UN Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) took place on 5 and 6 July at the UN headquarters in New York. It brought together policy makers, civil society organizations, Members of Parliaments, local authorities and foundations from rich and poor countries. As part of the discussions at the DCF, a series of Face to Face video conversations were organized.

Watch the video conversation, “Youth employment in Africa: how can development cooperation contribute to the solutions?” featuring:
Mr. Patrick Guillaumont, FERDI – Moderator;
H.E. Mr. Abdelouahed Souhail, Minister of Employment and Vocational Training of Morocco; and
Mr. Adrien Akouete, Deputy Secretary General, ITUC Africa

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