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Conference: “Boosting youth employment in Africa: what works and why?”
Youth Conference
Tuesday May 30, 2017 Image: INCLUDE
All day event


Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Hague, Netherlands + Google Map


Ministry of Foreign Affairs

INCLUDE and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly organize a conference on Boosting youth employment in Africa: what works and why? on 30 May. The conference will be hosted by the Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms Lilianne Ploumen.

Creating productive and sustainable jobs for African youth on a large scale is a priority issue in international dialogues. This conference wants to provide a platform to Dutch, European and African policymakers and other stakeholders to exchange knowledge and the latest research evidence to formulate solutions with impact. Young African entrepreneurs from e.g. agribusiness and the tech sector as well as (political) youth leaders will be present to share their successes and challenges.

Key questions to be addressed

  • What are the general characteristics of youth unemployment in Africa?
  • How do employment opportunities for youth vary among African countries based on pc income, education and skills and structure of the economy?
  • What are the short and long term priorities, also when it comes to reaching large numbers of youth?
  • What different roles do stakeholders have in varying contexts?
  • How to proceed from diagnosis to country- and context-specific priorities and strategies?
  • How to engage organized youth in the whole process from diagnosis to policy design and implementation?


  • Speakers are Ms Lilianne Ploumen, Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation; Ms Ginette Nzau-Muteta, Coordinator Jobs for Youth, African Development Bank; Ms Diarietou Gaye (tbc), Country Director of the World Bank in Kenya; A high-level representative of the AU (tbc).
  • Panel sessions will feature experts from ILO, World Bank, International Development Research Centre, Agence Francaise Développement; academics from (African) knowledge institutes; representatives from the private sector and NGOs.
  • African policymakers and experts will present country-level strategies to boost youth employment (Rwanda, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Niger).

Participation in the conference is on invitation only.

Online debate

INCLUDE facilitates an online debate in preparation for the conference through its ‘Question of the Week’. The input gathered will be used for a synthesis paper with the newest knowledge on youth employment in Africa, to become available before the conference. Keep an eye on the INCLUDE website, Twitter, Facebook or the ‘What’s New’ newsletter to stay up to date. Or join the discussion on two recently launched questions:

  • Question of the Week #27: In African cities, are urbanization and a growing middle class creating sufficient demand to enhance productivity through agribusinesses and, if so, what are promising examples of such agribusinesses?
  • Question of the Week #26: How, and in which sectors, can formal wage employment for higher-educated youth in urban areas be promoted — and what are some promising examples?


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