African leaders currently face the daunting task of creating one-million jobs per month in order to keep employment figures in step with population growth. The recent Mo Ibrahim Forum in Dakar, Senegal, offered a fantastic opportunity for youth delegates from across the continent to engage as equal partners in debating this challenge; and it was an opportunity that they grasped with both hands, asserting the young as leaders in this struggle.

African leaders currently face the daunting task of creating one-million jobs per month (The Guardian, 2012) in order to keep employment figures in step with population growth. The recent Mo Ibrahim Forum in Dakar, Senegal, offered a fantastic opportunity for youth delegates from across the continent to engage as equal partners in debating this challenge; and it was an opportunity that they grasped with both hands, asserting the young as leaders in this struggle. This data report, structured around five key areas –

Mo Ibrahim with members of Restless Development’s Youth Delegation via The Guardian, 14.11.12

Africa’s Demography

Health & Well-Being

Education

Employment

Participation

– represents a statistical breakdown of those topics discussed.

Covering the only continent in the world with a significantly growing youth population – ‘in less than three generations, 41% of the world’s youth will be African’ & ‘by 2035, Africa’s labour force will be larger than China’s’ – this report represents essential reading for all those interested in reframing the so-called youth bulge as an asset, rather than a liability.

The challenges facing African State’s are clear and not to be underestimated. However the continent’s youth – a term that must be conceptualised as a dynamic (as opposed to static) transition from childhood to adulthood – are at their ‘natural prime’, and ready and willing to unleash their energy and expectations upon these challenges. African youth are a ‘precious resource’, and one which must be fully engaged in building towards a more socially just future.

Full Data Report: http://www.moibrahimfoundation.org/downloads/African-Youth-Fulfilling-the%20Potential.pdf


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Written by Restless Development

Restless Development is a youth-led development agency placing young people at the forefront of charitable development in Africa and Asia.