Why Young People Can’t Get Jobs in Africa

by Karol Boudreaux 6.8 percent: that was July’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for US workers ages 18–44. For those ages 18–24, the rate was 9.5 percent. That’s a high rate for young people. But if you were 20 years old and lived in Africa, you might be thrilled with an unemployment rate like that. Today, 60% …

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To help Africa and tackle migration, Europe must back local entrepreneurs

Antonio Malfense Fierro, University of Hull People leave Africa for a number of different reasons. Persecution, compulsory military service, war and turmoil are the headline causes. But just as important are the lack of opportunities for employment for young people and poor welfare conditions. Unfortunately, an approach defined at the summit of EU and African …

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Focus on Private Sector: New tech shouldn’t mean no jobs

By Maha Rafi Atal The development anthropologist James Ferguson published a new book last week: Give a Man a Fish. [1] Drawing on research conducted across southern Africa, Ferguson argues the world has entered a new economic era in which many people, including able-bodied, working-age people, may not find paid work for large stretches of …

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When better education doesn’t lead to a better job

Francis Teal, University of Oxford Many visitors in poor, sub-Saharan African countries are struck by how schools outnumber factories. The large number of schools is due partly to the success of one of the Millennium Development Goals – that primary education should be available to all children. According to the World Bank, the proportion of …

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Africa News Headlines for 24 April 2015

Sudan changes law that left rape victims punished for adultery: TRFN Source: Reuters Israel refuses visa to South African cabinet minister en route to Palestinian Authority Source: Haaretz Refugees from Burundi flow into Rwanda as tensions mount Source: 12NewsNow/AP Tigo offers Tanzanians first 4G service Source: Ventures Africa What next for Africa’s kidnapped girls? Source: …

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