Over the next decade in Africa, an estimated 122 million young people
will join the labour force.
Millions of young people in Africa already work in insecure, low-income and often unsafe jobs with little or no pay. If greater numbers of better jobs are not created, this situation will continue and possibly worsen. While the topic has galvanized political commitment and resources across the region, progress has been fragmented and slow. Pressing questions remain: What are the most effective ways to boost productive employment for youth in rural and urban settings? How can we move from small-scale pilot projects to largescale interventions?
A key barrier to solving the continent’s employment challenge is a lack of research to guide policies and interventions. This research programme aims to address this critical knowledge gap.