What is the Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy?

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) launched its 2016-2025 Jobs for Youth in Africa (JfYA) strategy, at its Annual Meetings in May 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia. The aim of the strategy is to support African countries scale up their response to the youth unemployment and underemployment crisis on the continent through high impact and workable solutions aimed at creating opportunities through responsive education and training, transformative jobs and a business environment conducive to entrepreneurial activities of the youth.

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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 ITCILO training to mainstream the job lens in our operations. Additionally, online sector modules are currently being rolled out to ensure continuous engagement.

Context and Alignment with the Bank’s Priorities

The strategy will further the Bank’s strategic priorities. The Ten Year Strategy (TYS) focuses on inclusive growth and green growth as critical to transformative and sustainable economic growth in Africa. This strategic stance is further reinforced by the Bank’s priorities - Feed Africa, Power Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa and Improve the Quality of Life for African people...

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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. The program models outline the rationale, project components, and intended outcomes of each Flagship Program, providing a clear guide for design and implementation of projects.

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Donors / Partners

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

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