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.

The goal of the strategy is to equip 50 million youth with employable skills and create 25 million jobs over the next decade. For this purpose, the strategy emphasizes (i) partnerships including with the private sector; (ii) scaling up of solutions that work and (iii) sustainable results for impact.

Youth are Africa’s greatest asset. While Africa’s economic growth is positive, there is an urgent need to promote inclusive economic transformation and jobs-induced growth to improve the quality of life for all Africans. Africa’s youth population is rapidly growing and expected to double to over 830 million by 2050. If properly harnessed, this increase in the working age population could support increased productivity and stronger, more inclusive economic growth across the continent.