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Green jobs and the future of work

Since 2022, INCLUDE and Palladium combine their forces in a long-term partnership to strengthen the evidence base around youth employment and the future of work in Africa.

The collaboration is strategically placed with the Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE), which brings together an alliance of committed parties cooperating to combine unique knowledge and expertise with the aim of supporting robust and innovative ideas for creating or improving decent work prospects for youth, especially for young women.

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Digitalisation and globalisation have sparked radical shifts in how we live and work. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated these trends even further spurring the fourth industrial revolution (4iR), and increasing the need for rethinking the world of work. Green jobs and digitally-enabled jobs emerge as a potential solution to the multiplex challenges of climate change, poverty and inequality, while also enabling African countries to create decent jobs for its youth. But what is needed to facilitate this transition to green and digitally-enabled jobs for young people in Africa? INCLUDE and Palladium will engage in a collaborative research project on the topic of green jobs for youth employment in Africa.



About the research programme

The main objectives of the partnership are the following:

  • Contribute to strengthening the evidence base around decent work and youth employment in Africa, particularly about green jobs and the future of work.
  • Providing key insights, practical guidance, and tools to policy makers and practitioners for effective programming and policy-making
  • Leverage networks and building a community of practice around youth employment in Africa
Key themes
  • Green jobs
  • Digital skills
Cross-cutting themes
  • Inclusion (access, usage, affordability, safety, participation)
  • Youth engagement
  • Gender equality

Youth engagement

A key aspect of the action-research is to include youth perspectives on green jobs. These perspectives will be brought in by engaging the CFYE Youth Champions network in a collaborative research trajectory and peer-to-peer learning on green job pathways for youth in Africa.

About the Challenge Fund for Youth Employment

The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment is a €134 million 6-year program designed to create 230,000 decent jobs for youth, especially young women, through market-based solutions. CFYE works directly in 11 countries (Egypt, Jordan, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, and Sudan) with over 95 partners. CFYE identifies partners, primarily private sector companies, with innovative and scalable market-based solutions for creating, matching or improving decent work prospects for youth. CFYE supports partners to develop inclusive growth strategies to meet their financial and inclusion goals and co-invests with partners to sustainably expand their businesses. It supports projects that put youth, especially young women, to work in decent jobs that better reflect their aspirations and skills. The focus of the program is to support the scale up of successful approaches and development and test new approaches to increase youth access to new or existing decent jobs and improve the quality of jobs for youth.

CFYE Statistics
  • 95 projects
  • 11 countries
  • 230,000 planned jobs for youth