Economic opportunities for African youth: What lies ahead?

Youth-led research into young people making a living in Africa.

Join the hour-long session to celebrate five years’ of the Youth Think Tank and to hear from young researchers about what their research has told them about youth economic opportunities in Africa, and what should come next.

25th May 2021 // 9am EDT (NYC), 2pm BST (UK), 4pm EAT (Uganda)

The global youth unemployment crisis is getting worse, while most research on youth livelihoods fails to ask young people themselves about their experiences, insights and solutions to the challenges they face in making a living. Over the last five years, the Youth Think Tank has engaged 100 young researchers to lead research across East and Southern Africa.   

From exploring the lived realities of young people working in the agricultural and tourism sectors, through to the challenges facing entrepreneurs and young women in STEM, the Youth Think Tank has built up a diverse base of evidence that really speaks to the experiences of young Africans who are working to make a living. 

During the session you will learn:

  • What donors and development practitioners can do to solve the unemployment crisis in Africa
  • How young people can be supported to harness the economic opportunities around them?
  • How we can adopt youth-led research to unearth solutions that are based on the lived realities of young people?