Africa’s Rising Youth Population Might Face A Job Crisis


For a significant amount of young people within Africa’s nations, the search for adequate jobs might become an uphill battle. According to the Associated Press, the countries within the sub-Saharan region of the continent will face difficulty in creating new jobs for the growing youth population.

The AP also notes that Africa’s population consists of 60 percent of those under age 25. Mo Ibrahim, one of the report’s leaders, said to the news site that “Africa has a huge challenge ahead. Its large and youthful potential workforce could transform the continent for the better, but this opportunity is close to being squandered. The evidence is clear – young citizens of Africa need hope, prospects and opportunities. Its leaders need to speed up job creation to sustain progress and stave off deterioration.” Political turmoil and a lack of education resources can be seen as factors for this instance.

One job resource that could help with this obstacle is farming. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance claims that the continent’s agriculture outlets can serve as a steady stream of income for employees, but it’s looked at as a last-minute option.

“To realize this potential, farming must shift rapidly from its present status as occupation of last resort and low productivity to one of the technical dynamism and recognized opportunity,” the report states.

In 2013, Africa Renewal Online reported that other regions within the continent like North Africa have a youth unemployment rate of 30 percent. Finding jobs is part of the search, but also receiving an adequate living wage adds to the battle.

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