n Africa Insight - Young people and the labour market : poverty, development and livelihoods

Volume 37, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


The incorporation of young people into the labour market is a critical task for all governments. However, many African economies are required to absorb large numbers of new workers rapidly, while economic growth has not always been satisfactory. Consequently, young people, in particular, have found themselves excluded from formal sector employment. The challenge for African governments is great, particularly given already high unemployment rates. This article points to education and career guidance as critical areas, since young people are, on average, better educated than their older counterparts. Current skills shortages across the continent constrain economic growth, thereby limiting African economies' employment-creating abilities.

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