Book Launch: Youth and Jobs in Rural Africa: Beyond Stylized Facts

BOOK LAUNCH: YOUTH AND JOBS IN RURAL AFRICA: BEYOND STYLIZED FACTS

Co-Organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM).

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:15 - 01:15 PM EST

1201 Eye Street NW, 12th Floor Conference Center
Washington, DC 20005, United States

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The share of working-age young people in Africa south of the Sahara has risen due to past declines in mortality coupled with high fertility. This “youth bulge” has created a sense of urgency among national governments and the international development community as the prospect of widespread youth unemployment in Africa, and the social instability and political unrest it could bring, looms closer. As a result, African governments are under pressure to create more and better jobs for the region’s young and rapidly growing population.

Youth and jobs in rural Africa: Beyond stylized facts

Although the scale of policy reforms and actions needed to address Africa’s youth bulge is daunting, there is an increasing alignment of interests and incentives: African governments have made youth employment a policy priority, and African youth are demanding policies that improve their job prospects. This creates promising opportunities to enact policies that effectively address rural youth employment—policies that are grounded in local evidence rather than stylized facts.

Join us as the book’s authors share important takeaways with major implications for policymakers.

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Lunch available starting at 11:45am. Event begins promptly at 12:15pm.

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