It is estimated that approximately 122 million young people will join Africa’s labour force in the next decade, but this is nearly three times faster than the expected rate at which stable, wage-paying jobs will be created across the continent. The concept of the ‘green economy’ is emerging as a hopeful solution to the multiplex challenges of climate change, poverty alleviation and inequality reduction, while also enabling African countries to create decent jobs and to accomplish an inclusive economic transformation. The ‘greening’ of economies is a process where resources are reallocated from unsustainable production systems to sustainable and regenerative ones that also reduce vulnerabilities and promote human well-being. This transformation is anticipated to create new ‘green jobs’, and for this reason it is widely heralded as a solution to the youth employment crisis in Africa.

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