New Joint Initiative Targets African Youth Unemployment

Four international organizations are partnering to address unemployment and improve employment conditions of African youth.

The joint initiative involves the African Development Bank, African Union, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and International Labor Organization. It was unveiled at ILO’s Twelfth African Regional Meeting, which was held Oct. 11 to 14 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is expected to be endorsed by African heads of state and governments at the AU summit in January 2012.

The partnership seeks to ensure that youth employment is at the core of national development frameworks and employment policies, that countries invest in skills development to strengthen employability of youth in Africa, and that political leaders implement the actions necessary to address the problem. 

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