How Africa is preparing its youth for the future of work

To bridge the skills gap posed by the increasing use of digital technologies, countries across the continent, as well as international organisations, are promoting skill development initiatives

Soaring youth unemployment poses one of the most important challenges for today’s economies, both in developed and developing countries.

According to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), an economic development programme of the African Union, about 60 percent of Africa’s unemployed are under the age of 25, a situation which disproportionately affects women.

Ensuring job opportunities and good quality education are essential requisites to achieving poverty eradication, social security, political stability and sustainable development.

Among the complex reasons surrounding unemployment in Africa, and particularly the sub-Saharan region, lack of skills figures high on the list.

But Africa is not alone in the skills gap: By 2030 the demand for a skilled workforce will exceed supply worldwide, possibly resulting in an overall global talent shortage of more than 85.2 million people, according to U.S.-based consulting firm Korn Ferry.

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