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Evaluation of Rwanda's Youth and Employment Policies

"The broad aim of this research project is to generate innovative approaches and coherent policy messages with which youth employment and poverty reduction can be generated from economic growth at a faster pace in Rwanda. The first part of this stud…

Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2013

"The following briefs comprises the Foresight Africa collection and are meant to create a dialogue on what matters in Africa for 2013. John Page argues that Africa’s youth unemployment challenges encompass more than just a lack of jobs since African…

Entrepreneuriat des Jeunes et Développement de l’Esprit d’Entreprise au Maroc : l’Expérience de Moukawalati / Youth Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurship Spirit in Morocco : the Moukawalati Experience

"The Moukawalati programme, which is the subject of our research, aims to combat youth unemployment in Morocco through the promotion of the enterprise spirit and the improvement of the business climate. Hence the formulation of several recommendati…

Les Trajectoires d’Emplois des Jeunes au Sénégal: entre "Emplois faute de Mieux" et Projet Professionnel / The Career Path of Youth Employment in Senegal: between "Jobs for lack of better" and Professional Projects

The trajectories of youth employments in Senegal: Between jobs for lack of anything better and professional project Senegal, Following the example of many countries of the South where the demographic transition has not occur yet, is known to face …

No Country for Young People: The Crisis of Youth Unemployment and What to Do About It

This report seeks to do three things. In the first section, we try to provide a clear account of the scale of the crisis of youth unemployment, making the point that the sheer number of unemployed young people means that South Africa needs to thin…

Business, Growth and Inclusion: Tackling Youth Unemployment in Cities, Towns and Townships

In this research report, CDE focuses on the 20 municipal regions with the highest number of unemployed young people and considers possible solutions that will have a significant impact in these, sometimes very different, locations. Youth unemploy…

Citizens in Action: How to Build Constructive Business-Government Relationships in Urban Areas

In this report, we focus on how to promote and sustain a momentum for growth and change at the municipal level. In Part One, we start by assessing what municipalities are empowered to do, and how they have different capacities to initiate solutions…

Africa's Untapped Resource: Analyzing Youth in the APRM

Africa is the next frontier – a continent full of possibility, a market of untapped and underutilised natural and human resources. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the youth populations of African states. Africa in 2015 exists in a context in …

Beyond Technical Skills Training: The Impact of Credit Counselling on Entrepreneurial Behavior of Ugandan Youth

There is a low financial credit take among youth in Uganda because potential beneficiaries perceive the associated risk as high. This study assesses the determinants of entrepreneurial risk tolerance among Ugandan youth using experimental data fro…

The Impact of Trade Reforms on Employment and Wellbeing in Senegal

The results of this study indicate that the Senegalese economy faces problems due to lower profits linked to a lack of competitiveness in many of the country’s economic sectors. As such, the research team strongly recommends that support policies be…

The ZIPAR Quarterly Issue 3

The cover story in this newsletter focuses on the 2013-2014 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey (ZDHS) report. The article highlights two critical reasons why the launch of the report is timely. Firstly, the Revised Sixth National Development Plan …

Improving Institutional Effectiveness to Provide Decent Job Opportunities in Kenya

Since independence, the creation of productive and sustainable employment opportunities has remained a central policy priority of the Kenyan government. Although there has not been a lack of policy initiatives regarding the employment challenge in K…

Improving Prospects for South Africa's Youth: Education, Vocational Training Still Key Priorities

"This paper examines South Africa’s progress in building young people’s human and labour-market capacities through education. Longitudinal data from Afrobarometer and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation’s (IJR) Transformation Audit indicate…

Improving Youth Livelihoods Ivory Coast

"After more than a decade of political and military struggles, job creation, especially for youth, is one of the Ivorian government’s biggest concerns.The 1980s were tough years for the Ivorian economy, and living conditions have deteriorated since …

L’emplois des jeunes en Côte d’Ivoire Une étude diagnostique / Youth Employment in Ivory Coast A Diagnostic Study

More than a decade of political and military crisis in Côte d' Ivoire has greatly contributed to the deteriorating conditions of life, especially among vulnerable segments of the population, including youth. Since the crisis in April 2011, the Ivori…

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…

Enhancing Youth Employability Zambia

"In the last decade, Zambia’s population grew by an average of 3 percent a year — faster than the average for sub-Saharan Africa of 2.7 percent. Despite economic growth of 6 percent a year since 2000, Zambia remains challenged by high levels of pov…

Youth Employment Challenges in Zambia A Statistical Profile, Current Policy Frameworks and Existing Interventions

"This paper examines the potential role of research in addressing the youth employment challenge in Zambia, focusing in particular on what evidence is needed to inform responsive policies and interventions. It overviews what is known about how youth…

Boosting Youth Employment Prospects Tanzania

"Despite economic growth, and modest progress in tackling poverty, some 43 percent of Tanzania’s people still survive on less than US $1.25/day. Half of Tanzanians today are under the age of 15, and with the population increasing by 2.7 percent ea…

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…

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