Collaborating to Solve Youth Employment

Ashoka, MasterCard Foundation

Sub-Saharan Africa faces a paradox that has global relevance and implications: it will be home to the largest youth population in the world by 2050 and although literacy rates (by 6%) and education enrollment rates (by 9%) have been on the rise, youth unemployment continues to hover above 60% across the region. How will African youth create or secure sustainable and meaningful livelihoods? And more specifically, who is responsible for youth employment in Africa?

In partnership with the Fair Observer, we have explored the topic "Youth Employment in Africa: Whose Job Is It?" over the last 3 months. Insights from social innovators and thought leaders have made it increasingly apparent that childhood and educational experiences of young Africans do not prepare them for the evolving workplace. How do we change this? It is clear that each of us have a role to play and that we need to move beyond silos in our approaches to this challenge. This will require all forces - the citizen, public, private and social sector - to come together to create long-term solutions.

Panel Conversation

With this in mind, we will be posing the closing question "What does successful cross-sector collaboration look like?" during the closing webinar and concurrent twitter chat for the Fair Observer series on September 17th: "Collaborating to Solve Youth Employment". 

How you can take part: 

Join the ongoing online conversation on September 17th and beyond:

Join us for the webinar and concurrent twitter chat conversation using the #AfricaYouthFwd and #SocEntChat hashtags.

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].


Check the community blog for insights, conversations as well as updates about an upcoming youth employment innovations challenge where you can submit your solution.

Spread the Word

  • On 9/17 Let's discuss: Collaborating to Solve Youth Employment #AfricaYouthFwd #SocEntChat

Collaborating to Solve Youth Employment. Let's discuss in #SocEntChat #AfricaYouthFwd chat on 9/17!