The Future of Work for Africa’s Youth

On Africa Youth Day, the ILO calls on Member states, partners and other major stakeholders to rethink how to better prepare young men and women of the continent to the future of the World of Work.

Press release | 01 November 2016
ABIDJAN (ILO News) – With 10 to 12 million young Africans entering each year the labour market, the region needs to better support youth empowerment for the future through quality education, skills development and creation of decent jobs opportunities, says the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Out of 600 million young people entering the labour market by 2030, one in three will be a young African. A rethink now on how to better prepare African youth to the Future of Work is thus essential if we are to strategically implement Agenda2063 of the African Union and 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

This year’s Africa Youth Day theme is “Promoting youth mainstreaming as a catalyst towards harnessing the demographic dividend.” The goal is to promote an increased recognition of youth as key agents for social change and economic growth.

The event helps to sensitise tripartite constituents, development partners and concerned parties on the need to accelerate the youth agenda, with youth, under the four key pillars of the Demographic Dividend Roadmap of the African Union:
  1. Employment and Entrepreneurship,
  2. Education and Skills Development,
  3. Health and Wellbeing, and
  4. Rights, Governance and Youth Empowerment.
Investing in youth employment pays off. The ILO promotes locally developed youth programs aimed at supporting young people to adjust to the changing world of work of Africa.

The ILO welcomes African Union’s theme for 2017: “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in the youth”.

Background info

The African Youth Day takes place every 1st November, it was proclaimed and instituted on the occasion of the African Youth Charter adoption in the Executive Council Decision of the Banjul Summit in 2006.