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Employment Creation Potential, Labor Skills Requirements, and Skills 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…

COVID-19 and Regional Integration in Southern Africa: South Africa's Moment of Truth

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold hardship across the world and Africa is not being spared. COVID-19 also tests the basic assumptions upon which the liberal international order is built, including the return to the primacy of national interest…

Determinants of Unemployment and Labour-Market Transitions for Youth in Botswana

Africa has a youthful population and Botswana is no exception. As a result, Botswana suffers from high youth unemployment problems. Hence, this paper seeks to empirically investigate how the socioeconomic characteristics of the youth of Gabane villa…

Regional Views on the Future of Work: Sub-Saharan Africa

Digitalization, artificial intelligence, and related technologies are undoubtedly changing the way we approach our social and economic lives. By allowing us to produce –both old and new– goods and services in novelty ways, technologies are not just …

Career Guidance and Counselling: A Bridge in Reducing Skills-job Mismatches in Uganda?

Career guidance is key in developing relevant skills in students and pursuing the qualifications required in the job market. A significant number of young people would currently be gainfully employed had they received correct career guidance. Althou…

Teaching Soft Skills to Vulnerable Youth can Accelerate Social Inclusion in Côte d’Ivoire

While the Côte d’Ivoire is recovering from the post-electoral crisis of 2010-11 in terms of economic growth, the already high rate of unemployment has increased and poverty rates remain high. Young people (ages 14-35) have the highest unemployment r…

The Complementarity of Education and Use of Productive Inputs among Smallholder Farmers in Africa

This study seeks to assess the complementarity of education and use of use of agricultural inputs–improved seeds, fertilizers, access to credit facilities (loans), and the incremental effects of education on intermediate to longer-term economic outc…

Africa’s 'Youth Employment' Crisis is actually a 'Missing Jobs' Crisis

The contribution of this paper is to bring together evidence from a wide range of sources; indicate where the evidence supports the current policy orthodoxy and where it does not; and map out an alternative policy narrative and policy landscape. The…

Skills Transfer and Women in Africa's Green Transition

Women remain under-represented in energy value chains, and this is true also for the Africa region. While a range of policies and initiatives are being implemented to promote gender mainstreaming in the energy sector, there is a need to focus on eff…

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