INCLUDE and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs will jointly organise a conference on ‘Boosting youth employment in Africa: what works and why?’ on 30 May. The conference will be hosted by the Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms Lilianne Ploumen.
Creating productive and sustainable jobs for African youth on a large scale is a priority issue in international dialogues. This conference wants to provide a platform to Dutch, European and African policymakers and other stakeholders to exchange knowledge and the latest research evidence to formulate solutions with impact. Young African entrepreneurs from e.g. agribusiness and the tech sector as well as (political) youth leaders will be present to share their successes and challenges.
Key questions to be addressed
- What are the general characteristics of youth unemployment in Africa?
- How do employment opportunities for youth vary among African countries based on pc income, education and skills and structure of the economy?
- What are the short and long-term priorities, also when it comes to reaching large numbers of youth?
- What different roles do stakeholders have in varying contexts?
- How to proceed from diagnosis to country- and context-specific priorities and strategies?
- How to engage organised youth in the whole process from diagnosis to policy design and implementation?
- Speakers are Ms Lilianne Ploumen, Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation; Ms Ginette Nzau-Muteta, Coordinator Jobs for Youth, African Development Bank; Ms Diarietou Gaye (tbc), Country Director of the World Bank in Kenya; A high-level representative of the AU (tbc).
- Panel sessions will feature experts from ILO, World Bank, International Development Research Centre, Agence Francaise Développement; academics from (African) knowledge institutes; representatives from the private sector and NGOs.
- African policymakers and experts will present country-level strategies to boost youth employment (Rwanda, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Niger).
Participation in the conference is by invitation only.
INCLUDE facilitates an online debate in preparation for the conference through its ‘Question of the Week’. The input gathered will be used for a synthesis paper with the newest knowledge on youth employment in Africa, to become available before the conference.
Professor in International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam and Chair of the Board of CERES, National Research School
Lemma W Senbet
Executive Director African Economic Research Consortium
Sr Programme Coordinator, ICT4Ag, CTA
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
Susanna Puerto Gonzales
Coordinator Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth at ILO
Carol Njeri Gathogo
Member of the Ndumberi Dairy Cooperative Society Kenya
Deputy director of the Youth Livelihoods program of the Mastercard Foundation
Roy van der Drift
Coordinator SNV - Opportunities for Youth Employment
Managing Director, Africa Regional Office, The Rockefeller Foundation
Coordinator Youth Forward Ghana, Solidaridad
CEO and Founder SahelInnov and Executive Director at CIPMEN
Senior Manager - Mass Segment at Safaricom Limited
Sakaja A. Johnson
Member of Parliament; Chairman - Joint Parliamentary Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunities
Jean Bosco Nzeyimana
Founder & CEO, HABONA Ltd
World Vision Rwanda National Director
Researcher for the Mastercard Foundation’s Invisible Lives Study in Uganda
Business Developer at Butterfly Works
Amadou Lamine Dieng
Director General of the National Agency for the Promotion of Youth Employment (ANPEJ)
Yaye Touti Diop
Integrated Country Approach Programme FAO
Founder of Nanawax
Remco van Hees
Director General of Afokantan Benin Cashew
Regional Coordinator Africa at CNV Internationaal
Annelies van den Berg
Senior policy officer FNS at NL Embassy in Cotonou, Benin
Co-founder CARL group and head of agroprocessing group Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF)
Executive Director of the Economic Policy Research Centre
Managing Director and founder at Consult Agri-query solution
Samuele Otim Rizzo
Area Team Leader/Program Manager at AVSI Foundation
SOS Kinderdorpen/LEAD Nigeria
Senior Programme Advisor, FAO Strategic Programme on Rural Poverty Reduction and team leader DRET and YEAP
Research Fellow Private Sector Development & Peacebuilding at Clingendael (CRU)
Programme Coordinator - SOS Children's Villages
Ngwenya Prudence Nonkululeko
Head Human Resource and Youth Development at African Union Commission, Addis Ababa
Director Sustainable Economic Development and Ambassador Private Sector & Development Cooperation Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
Roel van der Veen
Senior Academic Adviser at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs