02 April 2014
Africa needs more sustainable jobs for youth who represent the majority of African population, says Francis Atwoli, the newly elected president of African Trade Unions Unity (OATUU) and vice president of the global International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). In this interview, Atwoli gives his views about the role of unions in helping young workers in Africa. As Secretary General of the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU-Kenya), Atwoli also discusses workers’ complaints in his country.
12 March 2014
In sub-Saharan Africa, a stable, well-paid job is often an impossible dream, even for educated young people, according to an ILO report.
03 December 2013
Informality and vulnerable employment remain the reality for the vast majority of young workers in the region, says a new ILO report prepared for the Work4Youth Regional Conference that is taking place this week in Addis Ababa.
03 December 2013
Constituents from eight Sub-Saharan countries are to share and discuss the findings of school-to-work transition surveys (SWTS) conducted in their countries within the Work4Youth (W4Y) project.
17 June 2013
Addressing the 102nd International Labour Conference, African Union Commission's Chair, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has echoed African leaders' vision that job creation is among the most important factors to achieve growth and prosperity. Dr. Dlamini Zuma also highlighted that Africa is a continent of young people and called for more investment to promote employment and the provision of entrepreneurial skills for youth.
05 June 2013
Recently, an ILO mission comprising various stakeholders went to witness the launch and the handover of equipment and toolkits for youth skills and employment creation projects in Mutare by the Skills for Youth Employment and Rural Development programme.
08 May 2013
The global jobs crisis is taking a heavy toll on young people in the advanced economies of Europe where 1 in five are out of work, but in the developing world the situation is much more severe. Two out of three young people in developing countries are either unemployed or trying to survive day to day in low paying, irregular jobs. There is an urgent need for training and education programs that prepare young people with the skills employers are looking for.
19 March 2013
Despite the global economic and financial crisis, African economies have continued to record average annual economic growth of five per cent. Six of the world's fastest growing economies are in Africa, making the continent the world's second fastest growing region. How this growth can be sustained and be harnessed to create more jobs, was the focus of discussion among employers at a roundtable organized by the International Organization of Employers (IOE) in collaboration with the ILO and Business Africa. The highlight of the event was the presentation of McKinsey's Global Institute study: "Africa at Work: Job Creation and Inclusive Growth".
25 February 2013
One woman’s success story shows how green entrepreneurship could be an answer to both youth unemployment and environmental degradation in Africa.
21 February 2013
Countries have stepped up their efforts to fight piracy and warlordism in Somalia. The ILO has partnered with other UN agencies to address the root causes of the conflicts: chronic unemployment and a lack of prospects for youth.