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Jobs for Youth in Africa

What is the Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy?

 The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) launched its Jobs for Youth in Africa (JfYA) Strategy (2016-2025) at its Annual Meetings in May 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia. The aim of the strategy is to support African countries vis-à-vis scaling up responses to the youth unemployment and underemployment crisis on the continent. This will be achieved through practical, high-impact solutions aimed at creating opportunities via education and training, transformative jobs and a business environment conducive to entrepreneurial activities (i.e. youth entrepreneurship).

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Key highlights

  • During the first year of the JfYA strategy implementation, 1.6 million jobs were created and 652,000 people trained, the large majority of whom were women and youth (ADER 2017)
  • More than 1,000 participants convened at five high-level Regional Ministerial Conferences to build momentum for JfYA strategy implementation
  • More than 200 AfDB staff received AfDB-ITCILO trainings to mainstream the job lens in AfDB operations and country dialogues. Additionally, online sector modules are currently being rolled out to ensure continuous engagement.

Donors / Partners

The Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund

The Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund establishes a Youth Innovation Lab to promote youth employment and support the incubation of youth and women-owned enterprises. The Lab focuses on fragile states and economic migration hotspots across Africa. 

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Flagship Programs

The Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy has selected three sectors with high potential for youth inclusion for the initial flagship programs: agriculture, industrialization, and ICT. The Flagship Programs follow a unique approach, aimed to ease the design and implementation of individual projects. 

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For details on partnership please contact us at jfya@afdb.org