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May 30

Boosting youth employment in Africa: What works and why?

Boosting youth employment in Africa: What works and why?

Event Overview

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?

Participants

  • 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.

Online debate

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. 

Chairs

prof. dr. Isabelle Baud

prof. dr. Isabelle Baud

Professor in International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam and Chair of the Board of CERES, National Research School

Prof Lemma W Senbet

Prof Lemma W Senbet

Executive Director African Economic Research Consortium

Speakers

Ken Lohento

Ken Lohento

Sr Programme Coordinator, ICT4Ag, CTA

Minister Lilianne Ploumen

Minister Lilianne Ploumen

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

Susanna Puerto Gonzales

Susanna Puerto Gonzales

Coordinator Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth at ILO

Carol Njeri Gathogo

Carol Njeri Gathogo

Member of the Ndumberi Dairy Cooperative Society Kenya

Meredith Lee

Meredith Lee

Deputy director of the Youth Livelihoods program of the Mastercard Foundation

Roy van der Drift

Roy van der Drift

Coordinator SNV - Opportunities for Youth Employment

Mamadou Biteye

Mamadou Biteye

Managing Director, Africa Regional Office, The Rockefeller Foundation

Fred Frimpong

Fred Frimpong

Coordinator Youth Forward Ghana, Solidaridad

Amoktar Allahoury

Amoktar Allahoury

CEO and Founder SahelInnov and Executive Director at CIPMEN

Agnes Kinga

Agnes Kinga

Senior Manager - Mass Segment at Safaricom Limited

Hon. Sakaja A. Johnson

Hon. Sakaja A. Johnson

Member of Parliament; Chairman - Joint Parliamentary Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunities

Jean Bosco Nzeyimana

Jean Bosco Nzeyimana

Founder & CEO, HABONA Ltd

George Gitau

George Gitau

World Vision Rwanda National Director

Francis Arnaitwe

Francis Arnaitwe

Researcher for the Mastercard Foundation’s Invisible Lives Study in Uganda

Bart Leijssenaar

Bart Leijssenaar

Business Developer at Butterfly Works

Amadou Lamine Dieng

Amadou Lamine Dieng

Director General of the National Agency for the Promotion of Youth Employment (ANPEJ)

Yaye Touti Diop

Yaye Touti Diop

Integrated Country Approach Programme FAO

Maureen Ayité

Maureen Ayité

Founder of Nanawax

Remco van Hees

Remco van Hees

Director General of Afokantan Benin Cashew

Esther Droppers

Esther Droppers

Regional Coordinator Africa at CNV Internationaal

Annelies van den Berg

Annelies van den Berg

Senior policy officer FNS at NL Embassy in Cotonou, Benin

Regis Umugiraneza

Regis Umugiraneza

Co-founder CARL group and head of agroprocessing group Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF)

Sarah Ssewanyana

Sarah Ssewanyana

Executive Director of the Economic Policy Research Centre

Mark Odong

Mark Odong

Managing Director and founder at Consult Agri-query solution

Samuele Otim Rizzo

Samuele Otim Rizzo

Area Team Leader/Program Manager at AVSI Foundation

Willem Nederstigt

Willem Nederstigt

SOS Kinderdorpen/LEAD Nigeria

Peter Wobst

Peter Wobst

Senior Programme Advisor, FAO Strategic Programme on Rural Poverty Reduction and team leader DRET and YEAP

Jos Meester

Jos Meester

Research Fellow Private Sector Development & Peacebuilding at Clingendael (CRU)

Toyosi Oyebanji

Toyosi Oyebanji

Programme Coordinator - SOS Children's Villages

Ngwenya Prudence Nonkululeko

Ngwenya Prudence Nonkululeko

Head Human Resource and Youth Development at African Union Commission, Addis Ababa

Hans Docter

Hans Docter

Director Sustainable Economic Development and Ambassador Private Sector & Development Cooperation Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Moderators

Roel van der Veen

Roel van der Veen

Senior Academic Adviser at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Hague, Netherlands
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Speakers

Chairs

prof. dr. Isabelle Baud

prof. dr. Isabelle Baud

Professor in International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam and Chair of the Board of CERES, National Research School

Prof Lemma W Senbet

Prof Lemma W Senbet

Executive Director African Economic Research Consortium

Speakers

Ken Lohento

Ken Lohento

Sr Programme Coordinator, ICT4Ag, CTA

Minister Lilianne Ploumen

Minister Lilianne Ploumen

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

Susanna Puerto Gonzales

Susanna Puerto Gonzales

Coordinator Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth at ILO

Carol Njeri Gathogo

Carol Njeri Gathogo

Member of the Ndumberi Dairy Cooperative Society Kenya

Meredith Lee

Meredith Lee

Deputy director of the Youth Livelihoods program of the Mastercard Foundation

Roy van der Drift

Roy van der Drift

Coordinator SNV - Opportunities for Youth Employment

Mamadou Biteye

Mamadou Biteye

Managing Director, Africa Regional Office, The Rockefeller Foundation

Fred Frimpong

Fred Frimpong

Coordinator Youth Forward Ghana, Solidaridad

Amoktar Allahoury

Amoktar Allahoury

CEO and Founder SahelInnov and Executive Director at CIPMEN

Agnes Kinga

Agnes Kinga

Senior Manager - Mass Segment at Safaricom Limited

Hon. Sakaja A. Johnson

Hon. Sakaja A. Johnson

Member of Parliament; Chairman - Joint Parliamentary Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunities

Jean Bosco Nzeyimana

Jean Bosco Nzeyimana

Founder & CEO, HABONA Ltd

George Gitau

George Gitau

World Vision Rwanda National Director

Francis Arnaitwe

Francis Arnaitwe

Researcher for the Mastercard Foundation’s Invisible Lives Study in Uganda

Bart Leijssenaar

Bart Leijssenaar

Business Developer at Butterfly Works

Amadou Lamine Dieng

Amadou Lamine Dieng

Director General of the National Agency for the Promotion of Youth Employment (ANPEJ)

Yaye Touti Diop

Yaye Touti Diop

Integrated Country Approach Programme FAO

Maureen Ayité

Maureen Ayité

Founder of Nanawax

Remco van Hees

Remco van Hees

Director General of Afokantan Benin Cashew

Esther Droppers

Esther Droppers

Regional Coordinator Africa at CNV Internationaal

Annelies van den Berg

Annelies van den Berg

Senior policy officer FNS at NL Embassy in Cotonou, Benin

Regis Umugiraneza

Regis Umugiraneza

Co-founder CARL group and head of agroprocessing group Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF)

Sarah Ssewanyana

Sarah Ssewanyana

Executive Director of the Economic Policy Research Centre

Mark Odong

Mark Odong

Managing Director and founder at Consult Agri-query solution

Samuele Otim Rizzo

Samuele Otim Rizzo

Area Team Leader/Program Manager at AVSI Foundation

Willem Nederstigt

Willem Nederstigt

SOS Kinderdorpen/LEAD Nigeria

Peter Wobst

Peter Wobst

Senior Programme Advisor, FAO Strategic Programme on Rural Poverty Reduction and team leader DRET and YEAP

Jos Meester

Jos Meester

Research Fellow Private Sector Development & Peacebuilding at Clingendael (CRU)

Toyosi Oyebanji

Toyosi Oyebanji

Programme Coordinator - SOS Children's Villages

Ngwenya Prudence Nonkululeko

Ngwenya Prudence Nonkululeko

Head Human Resource and Youth Development at African Union Commission, Addis Ababa

Hans Docter

Hans Docter

Director Sustainable Economic Development and Ambassador Private Sector & Development Cooperation Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Moderators

Roel van der Veen

Roel van der Veen

Senior Academic Adviser at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Attendees

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  • Lohento, Ken

    Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

    Netherlands

Organisers

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    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a Dutch Ministry responsible for foreign relations and international development. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign governments and international organisations. It coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has its headquarters in The Hague and a network of missions around the world.

  • INCLUDE

    INCLUDE, the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies, was established in June 2012. It brings together researchers from African countries and the Netherlands who work with the private sector, NGOs and governments to exchange information and ideas on how to achieve better research-policy linkages on inclusive development in Africa. The platform is one of five knowledge platforms initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contribute to knowledge and effective policies in the Netherlands, other donor countries and developing countries.

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