Skills and Employment for Youth

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Finding job opportunities for young people is a critical challenge for Africa, where 62 per cent of the population—more than 600 million young people—is below the age of 25. With no signs that population growth will slow in the decades to come, it is imperative that Africa needs to leverage the talent and energy of its youth to create dramatically higher levels of prosperity and equality and avoid the latent risks of unemployment and social instability. Failure to effectively deal with deepening unemployment among Africa’s growing youth population compound with an increasingly growing number of youth migrants crossing to Europe may seriously erode the economic gains achieved across the continent in recent years. Thus, investing in the future of Africa is inextricably linked to the effective impact of youth development programmes and projects.

This Community of Practice aims to provide space for building on successful practices that will contribute to skills development and youth participation in development, entrepreneurship and leadership.