VSO to address unemployment in Sierra Leone

    The international development charity Voluntary Service Overseas will launch a public campaign this year focusing on jobs in the developing world.

    The charity wants to address the problem of unemployment, which is threatening 10 years of peace in Sierra Leone.

    The United Nations reports 70 percent of the country’s youth is unemployed or underemployed, and VSO warns they could be a source of “devastating social tension, conflict and instability” if left jobless.

    Sierra Leone, however, is not alone in the unemployment crisis. Figures from the International Labor Migration puts the number of unemployed people worldwide at 75 million. Many in developing countries are “working poor,” earning less than $2 a day.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.