Youth and Women: A Driving Force to Deliver Inclusive Growth
With an estimated 30 million young people looking for employment every year in Africa, decent job creation for youth and women is a top priority. The African Union’s Agenda 2063, and its ten-year implementation plan, aims to reduce unemployment of youth and women by 2% a year; it also notes that young women are particularly vulnerable, with 35% not in employment, education or training versus 20% of men.
Encouragingly, however, young people in Africa are establishing leading businesses with a strong social edge, and with the ability to create meaningful jobs. This panel will not only shine a light on some of the big picture issues, it will also highlight some notable success stories. Among these: Lagos-based WeCyclers, a loyalty programme for waste collection and recycling; Sedima, an agro-processing firm in Senegal; and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s The Job Factory which is investing in human resources.
Topics for discussion include:
- How can African and EU stakeholders can work together to fuel entrepreneurialism ?
- What examples of vocational training and formal education are working? What role should educational institutions and associations play in ensuring the right skills are created?
- What models of non-formal education are working to develop the right skills in young people and women?
- What specific measures can be taken in states in fragile situations?
Alexander KOCHGenaral Manager Brassivoire
Elizabeth BINTLIFFChief Executive Officer, Junior Achievement Africa
John WALICEO Junior Achievement, Kenya
Miriem BENSALEH CHAQROUNPrésidente de la Confédération Générale d'Entreprises du Maroc (CGEM)
Sidi TIEMOKO TOUREMinistre de la Promotion de la Jeunesse, de l’Emploi des Jeunes et du Service Civique, Republique de Cote d’Ivoir
Stefano MANSERVISIDirector-General of the European Commission, DG International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO)
Tania HabimanaFashion Entrepreneur, Consultant, Host & Creator, Tailored Business TV
Thione NIANGFounder and President, Give One Project