There are some worrying statistics about job prospects for young people in Africa. Here are some from the latest report on jobs by the European Centre for Development Policy Management
- Unemployment in Sub Saharan Africa is 7.6%
- Youth unemployment in SSA is 11.7%
- Half of the unemployed youth in african countries are young women
- Africa’s education system needs to be overhauled as there is a mismatch between the skills gap and what is being taught in African schools
- 10-12 million youth enter the job market in african countries each year
- Africa’s young will double from today’s 200 million to 400 million in 2045
- 40 million young people in African countries are estimated to be in poor employment or unemployment
- within the next ten years 130 million young people will be leaving the education system and looking for jobs
- 80% of job seekers find themselves in informal employment, self employment and or family employment
- in 2011 82% of African workers were classified by the ILO as working poor
This gives rise to some questions
- What sort of jobs should be created and by whom?
- Is their a role for instance for women in job creation?
- How will we measure and evaluate the quality of jobs created. Is this the role of government, NGOs or Business?
- What about equality in the work place?
- What about working conditions and remuneration levels?
- Most rural women work on the land. What can be done to ensure that this type of work pays?
These are serious issues for consideration and we would like to invite you to our twitter discussion on Monday 17/2/14 at 7pm GMT. Our Twitter handle is @AfricaOTblog and our hashtag is #AOTBchat