Boosting decent jobs and enhancing skills for youth in Africa's digital economy

A Joint Programme of the International Labour Organization, International Telecommunication Union and the African Union. 

Our mission is to enable more young Africans to access decent work in the digital economy by implementing country-specific interventions, understanding what works and collaborating for impact.

The ILO and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ‒ in support of the African Union (AU) and under the umbrella of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth ‒ are implementing a programme to empower African youth, ensuring they benefit from new opportunities in Africa’s growing digital economy and steer it forward with their energy and creativity.

The joint programme is continental in scope and has started in six countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa.

The programme takes a multidisciplinary and evidence-driven approach. This includes:
  • Country-specific interventions to create decent jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities, strengthen young people’s digital skills, and prepare employment services for the digital era
  • Generating new evidence for data-driven action
  • Establishing partnerships and networks to enhance impact
Youth empowerment being at its core, the programme works with and for young people. As key partners, young people were involved in the design of the programme and are engaged in its implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and governance.


  1. Call for Participants: Youth Advisory Group on Digital Jobs

    The Youth Advisory Group on Digital Jobs is a unique platform that will bring together young leaders, youth-led organisations, and technical experts from across Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda to discuss, design and shape solutions to improve access to digital employment opportunities for youth.

  2. ILO, ITU and AU host online event about scaling up initiatives that harness Africa’s digital transformation to create decent jobs for youth.

    On 16 February 2022, the International Labour Organization (ILO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and African Union (AU) organized an online event, entitled “Creating decent jobs for youth through digital transformation”. The webinar was held as a side event during the Africa-Europe Week of Partnerships 2022, in the lead-up to the 6th EU-AU Summit in Brussels.

  3. The ILO and ITU gather key stakeholders to scale up action to boost youth employment and digital skills development in Nigeria’s digital economy

    On 2 December 2021, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) brought together key digital economy and youth employment stakeholders. Participants discussed pilot initiatives undertaken in Nigeria as part of the Joint Programme on Boosting Decent Jobs and Enhancing Skills for Youth in Nigeria’s Digital Economy.

  4. The ILO and ITU highlight opportunities for boosting youth employment in the digital economy in Ethiopia’s Afar and Somali regions

    On 1 November 2021, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) invited key youth employment stakeholders to discuss, validate the results and identify potential priority areas in the study on youth employment opportunities in Ethiopia’s digital economy, in Afar and Somali regions.

  5. ILO, ITU and the AU gather stakeholders to advance a new joint programme to boost decent jobs and enhance skills for youth in Africa’s digital economy

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the African Union (AU) held a virtual roundtable on 22 October 2020 to build sustainable partnerships and explore funding mechanisms for the Joint Programme.