How Can Youth Empowerment Drive Innovation and Employment? Twitter Chat

Ashoka, MasterCard Foundation

During the last decade, several African nations have seen record rates of growth placing them among the top growing economies in the world. Yet, this boom has not translated into an increase in jobs for the estimated 11 million youth who join the workforce each year. Fortunately, today¹s  generation of African youth is more educated, and more connected than ever before. 

Solving the employment crisis requires collaboration involving many sectors, however, youth empowerment is also a key component. To what extent can youth empowerment impact innovation and employment in Africa?

How you can take part: 

  1. Join the ongoing online conversation on August 12th and beyond:
    • On International Youth Day, join us for a conversation using the #AfricaYouthFwd and #IYD2014 hashtags.
  2. Contribute your insights: Contribute your insights in articles 350-500 words long, which will be distributed to a large and relevant audience of changemakers through the website, our network of the world's leading social entrepreneurs as well as Future Forward's online media platforms to continue the conversation. Email: [email protected].
  3. Check the community blog for insights, conversations as well as updates about an upcoming youth employment innovations challenge where you can submit your solution.
  4. Mark your calendars for the closing webinar will be held on September 17th and sign up to stay informed