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Enhancing the Development of the Private Sector For Inclusive Growth and Job Creation in the IGAD

The IGAD region has tremendous untapped potential, including abundant agricultural and livestock resources, considerable mineral, hydrocarbon and water resources, unique tourism assets, and a long coastline lying along the busiest shipping lanes i…

Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2019

This edition of Foresight Africa illuminates the priorities of the continent in the coming year, with recommendations for tackling the challenges that lie ahead. In Chapter 1, authors examine how good governance, elections, and institutions of democ…

Working while Studying: Employment Premium or Penalty for Youth in Benin?

Most youth in developing countries leave school with only a general academic education level, slowing down their transition to the labor market. We analyze whether work experience during school can help youth transition more easily to a first job in…

Challenges and Prospects of Entrepreneurship Development and Job Creation for Youth Unemployed: Evidence from Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa City Administrations, Ethiopia

This research paper is on youth employment and entrepreneurship. It investigates a total of 3,591 youths in two different geographical areas of Ethiopia, i.e., central and eastern. In doing so, it has taken three specific villages: Melka Jebdu and G…

Youth Unemployment in the Middle East & North Africa, and the Moroccan case

This Policy Paper aims to provide a better understanding of the drivers of youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by examining some common factors and then delving deeper into the case of Morocco, a relatively stable co…

Tackling Youth Unemployment: Before You Vote, Ask Questions, Demand Answers

Young South Africans enter the job market with a rosy view of their employment prospects. Many of them soon experience bitter disappointment. Out of a population of 20 million young people between the ages of 15 and 34, 7,9 million are neither wor…

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…

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…

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