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South Korea's education and skills development: Some lesson for Africa

"This report focuses on the phenomenal educational success of South Korea since the 1960s.The paper is divided into four parts. First, I look at the essential cultural and historical elements and assess the place of education in Korean thought and …

Back to the blackboard: Looking beyond universal primary education in Africa

"Education is the driving force behind any strong economy and a prerequisite for social and economic growth. It creates opportunities and provides societies with a better educated and skilled workforce which is necessary for stimulating development.…

Leadership and Skills: Building Blocks of African Development

"This paper focuses on exactly this issue of leadership, and its related corollary of education, drawing on the various case studies of the project. Good governance, the mantra of this decade, requires committed political leadership, if it is going…

Analytical Brief of the 2019 Social Sector Budget: 'A Call for Fairness and Elimination of Wastage'

The 2019 National Budget comes at a time when the Government is facing fiscal constraints. Nevertheless, the Government will still have to deliver essential social services to its population to build on progress made in the past in order to safeguar…

Education Sector Development in Kenya

Provision of quality and high-level education to citizens is one of the core mandates of any government around the world. In Kenya, this mandate is split between national and county governments. According to the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, the nati…

Youth Climate Advocacy

Climate change is one of the most significant intergenerational equity challenges of our time. Young people – who currently represent over 50% of the global population – are the generation who will not only be most impacted by climate change, but wh…

Digital Labour in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges

Increased access and use of the Internet has led to the advancement of online labour, which is driving the gig economy. The ‘platformisation’ of the global economy enables virtual labour mobility—the remote buying and selling of digital labour, whic…

Employment Creation Potential, Labor Skills Requirements, and Skill Gaps for Young People: A South African Case Study

South Africa has been in a long-run, low-growth trap since the onset of democratic rule in 1994, resulting in persistently high rates of unemployment and relatedly rising income inequality levels. In the absence of manufacturing sector growth, “indu…

Learning Environment and Performance of Primary Education in Tanzania

Since independence in 1961, Tanzania declared war against three social enemies, which are ignorance, poverty and diseases. The fight against ignorance was to succeed by giving special attention to the education sector. Thus, throughout the history o…

Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Progress and Prospects

As the world’s youngest region, improving employment opportunities, especially for youth, is important in sub-Saharan Africa for several reasons, including the fact that most people work their way out of poverty. This paper reviews the state of empl…

Employment Creation Potential, Labor Skills Requirements, and Skill Gaps for Young People: A Senegal Case Study

In this paper, we analyze specific “industries without smokestacks” and their potential contribution to economic growth and job creation in Senegal. Our main finding is that this potential is huge and can be further leveraged by adopting certain pol…

Building Research Capacity in Early Career Researchers: Insights from an International Climate Research Programme

Africa is highly vulnerable to climate change and most countries are already experiencing its impacts. There is a strong need to generate improved climate information for Africa and apply this information to build resilience. One of the key long-ter…

The Work, Information, Skills and Education Nexus in the Transition from School to Work

This brief summarises the theoretical chapters in the book on Youth Transition from School to Work: A Case Study of VETA in Tanzania whose aim is to increase understanding about the barriers to youth employment and transition to work in the context …

Communications Capacity and Training Needs Assessment of African Digital Rights Organisations

The managers of the ADRF thus far indicate that organisations working in the digital rights arena have inadequate skills to effectively and proactively engage the media and to conduct effective public communications. As a consequence, digital rights…

A Cost Benefit Analysis of Industrialization and Youth Employment in Malawi - Technical Report

This report summarizes the research into the key challenges and opportunities for facilitating industrialization and increased youth employment in Malawi. The research team conducted a desk review and consultations with local sectoral experts in ord…

A Cost Benefit Analysis: Improving Industrialisation and Youth Employment in Malawi

This analysis grew from two distinct research questions: “Where should Malawi focus its resources to achieve industrialization?” and “Which policies can effectively address youth unemployment and underemployment?” In considering the challenges and o…

Employment Creation Potential, Labor Skills Requirements, and Skill Gaps for Young People: Ghana Case Study

The issue of jobless growth and the poor performance of manufacturing have become major concerns in Africa. A new growth trajectory has emerged in the region with services as the driver of growth, contrary to the expectations of manufacturing export…

Exposed to Civil War as Children, Sierra Leone's Young Adults Suffer in the Labour Market

The violent civil conflict in Sierra Leone that lasted from 1991 to 2002 destroyed most of the country’s social, economic, and physical infrastructures. By the end of the war, almost half the country’s population was displaced (2.1 million people), …

Addressing Youth Unemployment in Uganda; The Inevitable Advice of the 21st Century

The issues raised in this policy brief provide a body of recommendations to policy makers including: the central government, local governments, curriculum developers, educationalists, and other policy implementers. It also highlights a clear vision …

How Policymakers can Tackle the Youth Unemployment Crisis in Gabane, Botswana

Unemployment in Botswana is relatively high (23%) and even higher for youth (26%) using the narrow definition of unemployment. Despite the concerted efforts of the government of Botswana, uptake of youth employment programmes remains relatively very…

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