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L’emploi des jeunes en Afrique subsaharienne

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Voici un peu moins de deux ans, j’ai copublié avec une équipe de la Banque mondiale le rapport intitulé L’emploi des jeunes en Afrique subsaharienne. Nous y traitions du décalage croissant entre les attentes de la jeunesse africaine et les réalités des marchés du travail et des mesures que les gouvernements devraient prendre pour y remédier. Sachant qu’au cours de la prochaine décennie, ce sont quelque 11 millions de jeunes Africains qui frapperont chaque année aux portes du marché du travail, les conclusions et les messages clés de ce rapport restent d’actualité.
 
Pluridimensionnel, le défi de l’emploi des jeunes ne peut être résolu en se contentant par exemple de multiplier les offres de formation (contrairement à ce que l’on entend souvent). Tout l’enjeu consiste à faire en sorte que les jeunes travailleurs (et les autres) gagnent un revenu décent, indépendamment de leur type d’activité. La jeunesse doit pouvoir s’appuyer sur des compétences solides — son capital humain — à apporter à son travail. Les agriculteurs, les entrepreneurs et les investisseurs ont besoin d’un environnement propice pour créer davantage de débouchés productifs. Les pouvoirs publics doivent s’atteler au problème de la qualité de l’enseignement de base et démanteler les obstacles à l’essor de l’agriculture, des entreprises individuelles et de l’activité manufacturière.

Youth employment in Africa: what policy makers can do

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Just under two years ago, I, along with a team from across the World Bank, co-authored a report, Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa, which tackled the growing gap between the aspirations of African youth and the realities of the job markets and what governments should do about it. With an expected 11 million young Africans entering the labor market every year well into the next decade, the findings and main messages of the report remain relevant. 
 
Boosting youth employment is not a one-dimensional task that can be solved, for example, by merely increasing training opportunities—a frequently touted response. The key is to ensure that young people—and other workers—can earn a decent income in whatever work they do. Young people need strong foundational skills—human capital—to bring to their jobs; farm and business owners, entrepreneurs and investors need a conducive environment to create more productive opportunities. Governments must address the quality of basic education and remove obstacles that hinder progress in agriculture, household enterprises, and manufacturing. 

Six critical areas for stability in West Africa

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Six Critical Areas for Stability in West Africa

This blog was first published on September 15, 2015 by Alexandre Marc, Chief Specialist for Fragility, Conflict, and Violence at the World Bank and author of the recently published book, “The Challenge of Stability and Security in West Africa. It is being re-posted this week to highlight the book’s launch event in Europe, at the Agence Française de Développement in Paris.

A few months ago, as I was walking through the streets of Bissau, the capital of Guinea Bissau, I reflected on what had happened to this country over the last 20 years. It had gone through a number of coups and a civil war; its economy had barely been diversified; electricity and water access was still a major issue. There was the city of Bissau on one side, where a semblance of services where provided, and the rest of the country on the other. 

Africa Impact Evaluation Podcast: Economic Empowerment of Young Women in Africa #AfricaBigIdeas


When it comes to helping young women in Africa with both economic and social opportunity, what does the evidence tell us?  Broadcaster Georges Collinet sat down with researchers and policymakers to discuss the hard evidence behind two programs that have succeeded in giving girls a better chance at getting started in their adult lives.

Youth Employment—A Fundamental Challenge for African Economies

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In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s sprawling capital, Mulu Warsa has found a formal-sector job as a factory worker thanks to her high school education. In Niamey, a city at the heart of the Sahel region, Mohamed Boubacar is a young apprentice training to be a carpenter. And in Sagrosa, a village in Kenya’s remote Tana Delta district, Felix Roa, who works on a family farm and runs a small shop, dreams of a better life if he can find the money to expand the business and move to a more urban area. His family is too poor to support him through secondary school.
 

Creating more and better jobs in Kenya

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Jobs are central to our lives: after all, we spend most of our time at work, trying to make a living. And it’s not just about what we earn. As the 2013 World Development Report argues, our work fundamentally defines who we are as people with important implications for our social relations and psychological well-being.

Each year, there are one million new Kenyans. Unlike in the past, this rapid population growth is driven by people living longer instead of having more children. This means that an increasing share of the population is of working age. What does it mean for Kenya’s economy and social stability? How can these young adults find a job—ideally a good job—and what needs to be done to help them succeed?