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 agriculture, recent growth in Tanzania has been fueled by emerging sectors such as telecommunications and financial services. But growth is not providing the number and quality of jobs needed for a growing youth population, and without the education, skills, and experience demanded by a new economy, Tanzanian youth remain trapped largely in informal work and low-skilled jobs in agriculture. As government and other agencies look for ways to better equip Tanzanian youth for meaningful livelihoods, this paper overviews the key challenges, identifies current measures being taken to address the problem, and points to areas where further research may help to inform evidence-based programs and policies."