World Bank on Youth Employment in Africa

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World Bank on Youth Employment in Africa

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Youth productivity can help lift developing nations to prosperity. With 200 million of the world’s 1.2 billion youth ages 15-24, Africa has the youngest population in the world. But its potential for youth-driven growth is tempered by a dismal jobs outlook.

African youth already suffer from 38 percent unemployment, stunting their capacity to lead their sovereign economies to scale. And, total workforce on the continent is expected to increase from 382 million today to 1 billion by 2040. Employing what will be the world’s largest workforce requires innovative changes and cooperation in education, infrastructure, skills training and financial access, according to this World Bank clip.

Watch the World Bank video here

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