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Compendium of Case Studies on Youth and Managing for Development Results (MfDR)

The African continent has seen an unprecedented youth bulge. Half of the population is under 25 years of age, and from 2015-2035, there will be an annual increase of 500,000 young people aged 15. Though, African countries have experienced rapid gr…

The Role of Weather on Schooling and Work of Young Adults in Madagascar

We examine the impact of rainfall variability and cyclones on schooling and work among a cohort of teens and young adults in Madagascar. We estimate a bivariate probit model using a panel survey conducted in 2004 and 2011 in this poor island nation,…

The Apprenticeship Pathway: Preparing Kenyan Youth for Jobs in the Agriculture Sector

This infographic highlights the employment issues in the agricultural sector in Kenya with specific focus on the youth employment problem in Kenya. The establishment of an apprenticeship program to attract youth for this sector is recommended.

An Apprenticeship Policy Framework on Youth Employment Creation in Agriculture and Agro-processing in Kenya

Apprenticeship programmes facilitate a smooth transition from training to employment through the provision of early exposure to workplace realities and contextualized learning. However, despite their utility in combatting unemployment, apprenticesh…

The Idle Youth Labor Force in Somalia: A Blow to the Country's GDP

The Somali population is young; it is estimated that 70% of the population is under 30 years. If the youth are not engaged in productive enterprises, it will have a contrary lasting impact on socio-economic development of the country for generations…

Les Togolais ne Sont pas Satisfaits de la Performance du Gouvernement en Éducation / Togolese are not Satisfied with the Government's Performance in Education

Togo has made considerable progress in the field of education and the promotion of youth. At the early childhood level, the pre-school enrolment rate for 4-5 year-olds increased from 15.8% to 37.2% from 2013 to 2017. The net enrolment rate also in…

Improving Job Matching for Zambia's Youth

To measure educational mismatch, the research team analysed nationally-representative cross-sectional survey data from the 2014 School to Work Transition Survey (STWTS) for youth aged 15 to 29. The team examined whether there are differences between…

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), …

"Working while Studying" and Educational Mismatching among Youth: Evidence from Zambia

This paper analyzed the effect of working while studying in college and university on educational mismatching in the Zambian labor market. The study used the 2014 School to Work Transition Survey data and estimated a range of extended ordered probit…

Implementation of CBMS in Bukoba Municipality and Muleba District

The review of existing related-monitoring systems, decentralization policies and administration structures at the local level which was conducted by Muro et al (2006) aimed for the development of a comprehensive Municipal information system, that co…

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 …

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…

Youth Engagement in Agriculture in Uganda: Challenges and Prospects

"The key conclusions arising out of the study are; the youth withdrawal from agriculture is higher than that of the older cohorts although a significant proportion of the youth still derive their livelihood from agriculture. The shift from agricultu…

Cities of Hope Young People and Opportunity in South Africa’s Cities

"Historically, urbanisation has been linked with industrialisation, which has both facilitated cities’ growth and depended on it. Cities have also made possible the efficient delivery of all kinds of services — energy, water, health, education, fina…

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…

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