Combatting unemployment in Africa- Supporting youth to create their own futures through entrepreneurship and networking

Liz Grossman

Africa is the continent with the youngest population. The African Union estimates the African population at one billion, with 60% under the age of 35.The UN, the African Development Bank, the OECD and others specify that the population aged 15-24 is at over 200 million in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is projected to double by 2045.  This translates to the biggest potential work force in the world, with 10-12 million people joining each year.

One of the biggest challenges youth face is unemployment. It is common to see people with Masters degrees waiting years to find a job that uses their skills. I have friends my age and older here in Senegal with impressive qualifications- degrees from within Africa and abroad with internship experiences from top organizations and structures- who are simply waiting for opportunities to make a good living.

African leaders met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2009 to…

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