- Knowledge base
- Policy question
After a successful phase of the African Policy Dialogues in Ghana on youth employment creation, INCLUDE Platform funded a second phase in collaboration with the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET). During the first phase, youth employment creation agenda was raised from the media rhetoric to policy makers and political particles that were campaigning for the 2016 elections. Two national dialogues with key actors including political parties and consensus was reached on labour market challenges that needed to be addressed. Notably, employment creation was a major agenda in political campaigns, and one of the political particles titled their manifesto “Change: An agenda for jobs”.
The second phase of the dialogues sought to establish how the government was implementing employment creation policies which has been emphasized during electoral campaigns, how the strategies were likely to translate into jobs and any challenges in the process. To guide dialogues during this phase, ACET published a Background Paper on “Youth unemployment and joblessness challenge in Ghana: Revisiting the issues”. The Paper reiterates high youth unemployment and joblessness as a major policy issue in Ghana just like in many other countries in Africa. Other highlights of the Background Paper are shown below.
Stylized facts about Youth Unemployment in Ghana
Factors contributing to high unemployment
Some employment creation interventions
Issues for Discussion
Read the entire Background Paper here
African Development Bank