Unemployment among African youth a recipe for increased unrest
Thursday February 20 2014
The rate of underemployment is difficult to measure, but experts say that it is likely that millions more were either working at jobs for which they are overqualified or else receiving below-average wages. TEA Graphic
Exclusion of young people from the labour force is breaking down social cohesion and stoking crime and violence among the youth.
Despite being Africa’s most educated generation, a youth in Africa is twice as likely as his or her peers in the rest of the world to be unemployed when he or she becomes an adult, according to the ILO.
At first glance, it would seem this year’s Davos summit was off to an auspicious start, with news that the global economy is recovering faster than anticipated. Yet a closer look at the global situation reveals a potentially dangerous gap between profits and people.