USAID Seeks to Profile Africa's Youth

Delegates attending the President's Forum with Young African Leaders in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Agency for International Development is backing a program that aims to capture a sweeping picture of Africa's youth population. Photo by: / CC BY-ND America.govCC BY-ND

The U.S. Agency for International Development is supporting a USD10 million program that aims to capture a sweeping picture of Africa’s growing youth population.

The International Youth Foundation will spearhead the program, which will be conducted in Angola, Mozambique, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania and Ghana.

Dubbed “YouthMap,” the program will survey young people in each of the eight countries as well as investigate the challenges and opportunities related to youth development, particularly in the areas of education, economic growth, democracy, governance and health.

A YouthMap Innovation Fund will also be established to support pilot activities based on the study’s findings, according to a post in USAID’s “Impactblog.”

The program is part of a larger USAID-backed initiative implemented in Jordan, Latin America, Mexico, Morocco, the Caribbean and the Palestinian territories.

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