Africa’s youth bulge: Lessons from the Arab world

Africa’s youth bulge: Lessons from the Arab world

In the next 24 hours, more than 30,000 African youths will be entering the job market in search of gainful employment opportunities and, very often, an idealized adulthood of the working man or woman portrayed in literature, media and even at family gatherings. The unfortunate reality is that most of these pursuits will end up in failure, regardless of the qualifications and experience of eager new hires. And that is being optimistic.

The UN projects that by 2050, Africa’s youth population is likely to grow to a whopping 830 million. That is roughly twice the current population of the entire Middle East and North Africa. In most of Africa’s 54 countries, youths are the largest demographic. On average, 41-45 percent of African youths…

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