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Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa Taking Stock of the Evidence and Knowledge Gaps

"Youth employment is a pressing challenge throughout sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) today. With a median age of only 24 projected by 2050, the UN estimates that Africa’s 15-24 year-old age group will swell by about six million each year for the next dec…

Tanzania: Skills and Youth Employment A Scoping Paper

"With half its people today under the age of 15, and with its population growing each year, Tanzania must find ways to ease its large and growing youth cohort into a labour market that currently offers too few prospects. While it depends heavily on…

The African Technopolitan Vol 5 January 2016

This issue of the African Technopolitan has as its main article " The poverty of development strategy in Africa". This article argues that Africa’s economic and techno-scientific progress is being lionized prematurely, to the detriment of its long t…

Investing in Education and Skills Development

"Kenya has one of the most youthful populations in the world with about 43 percent of its population under the age of 15. The youth population is growing fast and the country is experiencing a youth bulge; an excess especially in young population ag…

Harnessing Youth Potential for Economic Growth

"A strong, dynamic and empowered youth is critical in catalyzing and driving the transformations envisioned in the Constitution of Kenya, and the Kenya Vision 2030. The youth aged 15-24 constitute an important segment of Kenya’s population, accounti…

Diagnostic on the Supply and Demand of Evaluators in Uganda

This diagnostic study aimed at establishing the capacity and supply of evaluators in Uganda and what is required to strengthen this capacity and supply. On the supply side, the study established that there is a substantial potential pool of M&E cons…

Capacity Imperatives for the SDGs: In Line with African Union's Agenda 2063

Life has improved for many Africans in the past 20 years. But there is a growing sense that progress was slower than it could have been and that a business as usual approach is not likely to lead to achievement of the African Union's Agenda 2063 or …

Characteristics and Determinants of Underemployment in Cameroon

The objective of this study was to improve the analysis of the labour market in Cameroon, through a better understanding of the characteristics and determinants of underemployment. Specifically, this study aims to: identify the profile of an average…

Skills Training and Business Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from Liberia

This paper explores whether skills training in business performance and customer practices was a promising way to increase business outcomes among self-employed workers who operate small businesses in developing countries. We randomized training i…

AFECCOR Supporting Artisanal Gold Mining Communities to Access Savings and Credit

The Artisanal Mining Women’s Empowerment Credit & Savings project, known by its French acronym AFECCOR, supports women and men in artisanal gold mining communities to access savings and credit in an effort to promote entrepreneurship and security. I…

Understanding the African Lions - Growth Traps and Opportunities in Six Dominant African Economies Understanding Ghana's Growth Success Story and Job Creation Challenges

Ghana has a status as one of the Lions of the African continent. This which is linked to the country’s remarkable growth performance, which culminated in the attainment of lower middle-income status. However, employment response to growth has been …

The Growth Agenda Priorities for Mass Employment and Inclusion: Skills

"The only way out of the cycle of unemployment, poverty and inequality which is undermining South Africa’s future is to achieve higher and more labour intensive levels of economic growth. Among other things, this requires dramatically expanding th…

Namibia: Towards a Logistics Hub for Southern Africa

"Namibia’s New Investment Bill represents a new foreign direct investment (FDI) regime in line with a recent shift in the developing world away from liberal FDI regulation, which favours foreign investors and restricts the state’s right to regula…

Accelerating Human Capital Development to Optimise Zambia’s Chances of Harnessing the Demographic Dividend

The policy and programme options are highlighted in this policy brief that Zambia can adopt in order to accelerate human capital development to optimize its chances of harnessing the demographic dividend. In order to enhance the chances of earning …

Can Workplace Secondments Build Trust in the Mining Sector?

"Mutual suspicion has characterised the relationship between the South African government and mining companies, particularly in recent years. Resolving the current impasse would require a panoply of policy interventions because of the complexity and…

Harnessing the Demographic Dividend : The Future We Want for Zambia

This study report showed that Zambia can harness a sizeable demographic dividend. Zambia should adopt policies and prioritize investments aimed at accelerating fertility reduction through voluntary and rights based interventions and education to ope…

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