Globally, there are 74 million people unemployed between the ages of 15 – 24 representing 40% of global unemployment. At least 200 million young people globally work in insecure jobs, earning less than US$ 2 per day. With an increasing number of young people entering the job market, it is predicted that at least 600 million new jobs need to be created within the next 10 years to sustain this expanding labour force. Yet many young people lack relevant market skills required for employment within the private sector and there is a mismatch between the market supply and demand. There is a need to investing in young people to acquire market relevant skills and develop their business and leadership abilities for meaningful employment.
The programme for this session comprises short pitches of organisations involved with supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship in Africa followed by a guided discussion on key topics. Sabdiyo Dido Bashuna, CTA's Senior Technical Advisor, Value Chains and Agribusiness, will share some of CTA's experiences as concerns women entrepreneurship and leadership.