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Addressing the needs of youth – for education, engagement, and livelihoods – has become a central tenet of global and continental policy discussions over the past decade. The  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consider youth essential partners for achieving inclusive and peaceful societies.  

Almost 60% of Africa’s population is under the age of 25, representing enormous 

opportunities and challenges. The fact that only 14% of lawmakers on the continent are under the age of 40 highlights the gap between youth’s voice and their importance to economic and social progress. Youth unemployment rates are double those of adults in most  African countries, and 60% of Africa’s unemployed are young people. Almost half of young  Africans have considered emigrating – most often in search of jobs.  

On International Youth Day, African youth from across the continent will gather to discuss challenges confronting African youth, as highlighted in the latest Afrobarometer surveys conducted in 33 countries between 2019 and 2021. 


Event details: 

Date: 24 August 2021

Time: 12:00 GMT 

Location: Zoom 

Register here


For more information, please contact: 

Josephine Sanny 

Knowledge translation manager 

Telephone: + 233243240933 


Sibusiso Nkomo 

Head of communications and strategic partnerships 

Telephone: + 27735612490