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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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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34 African ambassadors lobby U.S. Congress for AGOA reauthorization, send letter to Paul Ryan

Ambassadors and other diplomats from 34 African countries have signed a letter sent to Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), chairman of the Committee on Ways & Means in the U.S. House of Representatives, urging early action to reauthorize the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which is due to expire in September. Issued on joint letterhead …

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An interview with Greg Mills about ‘why Africa is poor’

Why is Africa poor? What can Africans do about it? These two questions are combined in the title of a 2010 book, Why Africa Is Poor and What Africans Can Do About It, by South African scholar Greg Mills. The book was released in paperback in 2011 and in a Kindle edition in 2012. Mills …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 10 June 2014

Africa’s Third Liberation by Greg Mills and Jeffrey Herbst Release Date: June 2, 2014Publisher: SA Penguin [Kindle Edition] Africa has experienced two liberations: the first from colonial and racist regimes, and the second from the autocrats who often followed foreign rule. African countries now have the potential to undertake a third liberation – from political …

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