‘Jobs for African Youth’ – From Demographic Dividend to Economic Dividend - ‘Better Quality of life’ (AfDB ‘High 5s’, #5)

Tuesday 24 May 2016 - 18:00 – 19:15

Moderator : Ms. Uduak Amimo, Royal Media Services



Africa has the most youthful population in the world today. But Africa has not effectively harnessed the dividends from this youth bulge. It is estimated that 35% of youth aged 15-34 are unemployed in Africa, and the trend is on the rise. In view of this, the Bank has adopted a transformational flagship initiative the “Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative (JfYA)” in response to the youth unemployment crisis on the continent. The flagship strategy responds to the priorities in Bank’s Ten Year Strategy and the New Corporate Priorities. This investment in the youth will help improve the living conditions of people in Africa while providing the needed human capital to transform Africa’s energy, agriculture, industrialization and regional integration efforts as outlined in the Bank’s High Five.

The event is intended to: (i) share with the Participants the initiative’s objectives, strategies and expected output; (ii) seek guidance and clearance from the African Union Commission and Heads of State; and (iii) have the commitment of African Governments, private sector, donors and civil society organizations to support the initiative. The Panelists will discuss the way to provide the relevant skills needed by African countries to meet the demand for improved fuel efficiency and for climate change mitigation.

The Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative will support the success of the Bank’s High Fives priority areas. Programs, direct investments, and policy dialogues will support growth and provide human capital in the key priorities areas of the energy, agriculture, and industrialization.

Venue : Lusaka, Mosi-oa-Tunya, MICC

Issues for Discussion

  • How can we leverage Africa’s opportunity to create sustainable jobs for youth in agriculture?
  • Industrialisation in Africa especially manufacturing is on the decline but this is a sector important for growth and job creation in Africa. In your view, how can Africa launch an industrial transformation agenda that promotes inclusive growth and create sustainable jobs for youth?
  • How can Africa leverage its opportunity to create sustainable jobs for youth in ICT?
  • The Private Sector is a critical player in Africa’s growth and transformation, how can African Governments unleash the potential of this sector to create sustainable jobs for the youth?
  • For Many African Countries What are the needed skills for Africa structural transformation and how to address these needs?


  • Ms. Maimouna Diop-Ly, Chief Health and Social Protection Officer, AfDB

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Africa is simply tired of being in the dark. It is time to take decisive action and turn around this narrative: to light up and power Africa and accelerate the pace of economic transformation, unlock the potential of businesses, and drive much needed industrialization to create jobs.

Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President

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