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Determinants of Employment in the Formal and Informal Sectors of the Urban Areas of Kenya

"By applying a multinomial logit model and economic theory to labour force survey data, this study examines the determinants of formal and informal sector employment in the urban areas of Kenya. The findings show that the determinants of employment …

La Création D’Emplois: Un Défi Majeur au Bénin / Job Creation: A Major Challenge in Benin

Employment issues, specifically youth employment, are of particular concern to all states in the world, as the development of their nation and the well-being of citizens depend on it. Since employment is one of the means to fight against poverty, th…

Employment Creation Potential, Labor Skills Requirements, and Skill Gaps for Young People: A Methodological Framework

This paper presents a methodological framework for assessing the extent to which youth unemployment can be addressed through employment creation in industries without smokestacks in individual countries, as well as the skill gaps in the youth popul…

Ethiopia: Conflict Insights

Ethiopia, located in the Horn of Africa, is one of the continent’s oldest independent countries that served as a symbol of African independence during the colonial period. As a founding member of the United Nations and the Organization of African Un…

COVID-19: Are We Asking the Right Questions about ...Youth Unemployment?

Policy reform in the post-Covid-19 world will be vital. Although there is a need to focus on immediate remedies, we also need to be simultaneously thinking about strategies to promote an economic recovery. In so doing, we will have to find ways to e…

Exploring the Relationship between Unemployment and Mental Illness among the Youth in Selected Communities in Eswatini

Studies have demonstrated that the effects and consequences of a lack of work has detrimental effects on one’s mental health. With high levels of youth unemployment presenting a threat to the country’s efforts to sustainable economic development th…

Determinants of Financial Inclusion for Youth Entrepreneurs: Evidence from Addis Ababa City and Shirka Wereda Ethiopia

This study identified and examined the factors that affected the financial inclusion of young people in selected sites in Ethiopia using local-level data collected with a Community-Based Monitoring System approach. We collected data from 4,928 young…

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…

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…

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…

Emploi des Jeunes et Migration en Afrique de l'Ouest (EJMAO) / Youth Employment and Migration in West Africa

The project "Youth Employment and Migration in West Africa" (EJMAO) aims to explore policies to address the challenges of employment which West African societies are facing. The research aims to improve its understanding of the challenges young peop…

Harnessing Youth Potential for Economic Growth

This policy brief discussed how Kenya can harness the youth potential in order to achieve the demographic dividend through highlighting the skills supply mismatch, unemployment and underemployment, job creation and existing opportunities for the you…

Understanding youth labour demand constraints in Zambia: The mining, manufacturing and construction sectors

"Zambia is among many developing countries struggling to create adequate employment opportunities for its people, especially in the formal economy. There is high youth unemployment, especially in urban areas where it has surged to 40.4% for females …

Youth Unemployment and Political Stability in Côte D'Ivoire - Report

The objective of this study was to analyse the nexus between youth unemployment and political instability in Côte d’Ivoire. To achieve this objective, we used a regional approach to investigate the relationship between political instability and yout…

CDE Statement on Youth Unemployment 16 June 2021: Catastrophe

The latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) statistics confirm a shocking reality: three out of every four South Africans (74.7%) between the ages of 15 and 24 who want a job cannot find one. For those between the ages of 25 and 34, things are c…

South Africa's NEETs Crisis: Why we are Failing to Connect Young People to Work

The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated South Africa and created a plethora of inter-linked crises that threaten to overwhelm us. In this context, it is vital, as the quote from Paul Romer makes clear, not to lose sight of the youth unemployment catast…

Addressing Africa Youth Unemployment through Industries without Smokestacks: A Synthesis on Prospects, Constraints and Policies

Young people between the ages 15 and 24 constitute roughly 20 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population, making it the youngest continent in the world (African Union, 2019). While this trend is an opportunity for increased creativity and innovation…

Accounting for the Gender Gap in Urban Youth Unemployment in Africa: Evidence from Kenya

Using a decomposition framework and Kenyan data from 1986, 1998 and 2005, this study analyzes the factors associated with the likelihood of unemployment among the urban youth labour force and the disproportionately higher vulnerability to unemployme…

Addressing Youth Unemployment through Industries without Smokestacks: A Tunisia Case Study

Although the manufacturing sector is known to have a unique role in structural transformation, the industries without smokestacks (IWOSS) that include tradable services, and that concern in Tunisia mainly IT, tourism, transport, trade, and financial…

Challenge of African Youth Unemployment

Many African youth face high unemployment or employment in low-wage temporary jobs that compound their poverty, especially in northern and southern Africa. Urban areas have much higher rates of unemployment than rural areas—as do women than men—and,…

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