Youth and Women: A Driving Force to Deliver Inclusive Growth

Jobs for Youth & Women
Pavillon Nil
14:00 to 15:30

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?