Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa

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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/5995
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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/2150
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French PDFs Available
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Africa Development Forum
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Filmer, Deon
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Fox, Louise
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Brooks, Karen
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Goyal, Aparajita
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Mengistae, Taye
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Premand, Patrick
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Ringold, Dena
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Sharma, Siddharth
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Zorya, Sergiy
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2014-01-27T16:02:53Z
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2014-01-27T16:02:53Z
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2014-01-27
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Sub-Saharan Africa has just experienced one of the best decades of growth since the 1960s. Between 2000 and 2012, gross domestic product (GDP) grew more than 4.5 percent a year on average, compared to around 2 percent in the prior 20 years (World Bank various years). In 2012, the region's GDP growth was estimated at 4.7 percent- 5.8 percent if South Africa is excluded (World Bank 2013). About one-quarter of countries in the region grew at 7 percent or better, and several African countries are among the fastest growing in the world. Medium-term growth prospects remain strong and should be supported by a rebounding global economy. The challenge of youth employment in Africa may appear daunting, yet Africa's vibrant youth represent an enormous opportunity, particularly now, when populations in much of the world are aging rapidly. Youth not only need jobs, but also create them. Africa's growing labor force can be an asset in the global marketplace. Realizing this brighter vision for Africa's future, however, will require a clearer understanding of how to benefit from this asset. Meeting the youth employment challenge in all its dimensions, demographic, economic, and social, and understanding the forces that created the challenge, can open potential pathways toward a better life for young people and better prospects for the countries where they live. The report examines obstacles faced by households and firms in meeting the youth employment challenge. It focuses primarily on productivity, in agriculture, in nonfarm household enterprises (HEs), and in the modern wage sector, because productivity is the key to higher earnings as well as to more stable, less vulnerable, livelihoods. To respond to the policy makers' dilemma, the report identifies specific areas where government intervention can reduce those obstacles to productivity for households and firms, leading to brighter employment prospects for youth, their parents, and their own children.
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978-1-4648-0107-5
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10.1596/978-1-4648-0107-5
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/16608
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en_US
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Washington, DC: World Bank and Agence Française de Développement
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Africa Development Forum;
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CC BY 3.0 IGO
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World Bank
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
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child labor
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child welfare
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employment policy
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exploitation
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family farms
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household enterprises
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inequality
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job creation
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job seekers
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labor costs
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labor force
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labor markets
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living standards
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migration
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rural finance
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skills development
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training costs
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vocational training
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youth employment
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youth unemployment
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Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Jobs
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2014-01-27
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Publications & Research :: Publication
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Publications & Research
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2014/01/18829981/youth-employment-sub-saharan-africa-vol-1-2-overview
okr.globalpractice
Social Protection and Labor
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Finance and Markets
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Governance
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yes
okr.identifier.doi
10.1596/978-1-4648-0107-5
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84083
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en
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fr
okr.peerreview
Academic Peer Review
okr.region.administrative
Africa
okr.region.geographical
Africa
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Finance and Financial Sector Development :: Access to Finance
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Finance and Financial Sector Development :: Banks & Banking Reform
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Governance :: Youth and Governance
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Social Protections and Labor :: Labor Markets
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Social Protections and Labor :: Labor Policies
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Human Development (DECHD)

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