African Heads of State and Government declared in June 2012 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea their commitment to put strong focus on the issues of Africa’s youth. Youth employment was identified as one of the most critical issues for the future of the African continent. Youth led organizations have been encouraged to actively contribute to solving the unemployment crisis in Africa. The African Youth Panel (AYP), in collaboration with the AU Youth Division, is organising a strategic interactive consultation under the theme: “Unleashing the potentials of African youth to reduce unemployment”.
The ILO is supporting the continental momentum to put youth employment at the heart of national macroeconomic policies. The ILO is part of a regional inter-agency job creation initiative for African youth involving the African Union (AU), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The AYP was established under the auspices of the Danish Africa Commission (DAC) in 2008 in Addis Ababa to provide a youth voice to the different activities of the Commission. The Commission has selected Youth Employment as its operational theme for its yearlong operations with a keen interest on youth –led initiatives and entrepreneurship development.
- To bring together youth experts, relevant international and civil society organizations as well as development partners to deliberate on initiatives for translating the AU Heads of States’ commitments of reducing youth unemployment in Africa by 2% per annum into tangible programmatic actions.
- To form a think-thank working group to provide recommendations and expert advice to the African Union on issues of youth unemployment and to identify options for the group’s engagements.
- Recommendations and concrete strategies on how to tackle the youth unemployment challenge in Africa.
- A working group formed to continue with engagements on youth unemployment with the AU and other relevant stakeholders.
- A strengthened AYP role in contributing to the work of the AU especially on youth empowerment, involvement and participation.
Youth entrepreneurs, youth led organizations and/or CSOs will discuss with representatives of the African Union, the ILO Youth Employment Team, the African Development Bank, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Youth Entrepreneurship Sustainability and DANIDA.