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Boosting youth employment in Africa: what works and why?

INCLUDE and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs will jointly organize a conference on ‘Boosting youth employment in Africa: what works and why?’ on 30 May. The conference will be hosted by the Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms Lilianne Ploumen. In this dossier, you can find relevant papers, one-pagers and other resources for the conference.

Creating productive and sustainable jobs for African youth on a large scale is a priority issue in international dialogues. This conference wants to provide a platform to Dutch, European and African policymakers and other stakeholders to exchange knowledge and the latest research evidence to formulate solutions with impact. Young African entrepreneurs from e.g. agribusiness and the tech sector as well as (political) youth leaders will be present to share their successes and challenges.

Key questions to be addressed

  • What are the general characteristics of youth unemployment in Africa?
  • How do employment opportunities for youth vary among African countries based on pc income, education and skills and structure of the economy?
  • What are the short and long term priorities, also when it comes to reaching large numbers of youth?
  • What different roles do stakeholders have in varying contexts?
  • How to proceed from diagnosis to country- and context-specific priorities and strategies?
  • How to engage organized youth in the whole process from diagnosis to policy design and implementation?

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Ian Mashingaidze

2019-03-6 09:03

Good day,

My name is Ian Mashingaidze, and I am the Program Director at the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS).

MINDS is a continental institute that seeks to address the development challenges in Africa in a holistic and comprehensive manner. It emerged out of the observation that development efforts in Africa have failed to meet expectations with respect to social, institutional and economic outcomes in comparison to other regions of the world such as Asia. MINDS seeks to promote a better understanding of Africanness, and shape the nature of development programs across the continent for more sustainable development outcomes through its African Heritage Research Program, High Level Dialogues on Regional and Economic Integration, Youth Program on Elections and Governance, and the Youth Scholarship for Leadership Development Program. For more information, visit

Kindly please share with me details on your forthcoming conference in May on boosting youth employment in Africa that we are interested in attending to share perspectives from our programs.




2019-03-24 16:03

One important question to address is on the coordination of youth employment interventions, ranging from policy to demand and supply side. Several stakeholders have a role to play in addressing the challenge however without coordination, we cannot effectively monitor and evaluate the impact and remain with similar small-scale interventions (duplication) that are not replicated or up-scaled.


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