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Why Youth employment is key to unlocking Africa’s economic growth

Why Youth employment is key to unlocking Africa’s economic growth

Editor's Note: This is a guest authored opinion piece by Sandiso Sibisi, UNDP Open Innovation Africa Lead.

Despite Africa’s impressive growth in the past 25 years and its entry into the digital economy, the job market continues to be in a depressed state as youth unemployment continues to rise.

Africa has the largest population of young people in the world, some 200 million aged between 15 and 24, accounting for 60% of all of Africa’s jobless. This is alarming, to say the least, because youth employment could drive economic development in Africa if we invest in them.

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