Youth Unemployment: Entrepreneurship Development Program as an Intervention Mechanism

Author(s): 
Awogbenle, A. C., Iwuamadi, K.C.
Organization/Affiliation(s): 
Africa Leadership Forum (ALF), Institute for Development Studies
Resource Type: 
Publication Date: 
Apr 19, 2010

Within the framework of potential efforts and strategies to boost employment and job creation for young people, entrepreneurship is increasingly accepted as an important means and a valuable additional strategy to create jobs and improve livelihoods and economic independence of young people. Regrettably, problems of unemployment as experienced by the educated youths and even the uneducated but skilled youths have become more pathetic in many developing economies, despite the neo-liberal strategies in addressing the issue of enhancing human capital. The aim of this paper is therefore to examine the constraints that impede young people in search of non-existing jobs and the urgent need to orient people of these affected economies particularly Nigerians on imbibing selfemployment and entrepreneurship through vocational and entrepreneurial training programmes as a short-term intervention mechanism.

Topic: 
Enterprise Development
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
Tags: 
Economic Empowerment
Entrepreneurship
Training & Capacity
Unemployment
Youth