While the narrative around agriculture in Africa can invoke a story of back-breaking labor and subsistence, with agriculture seen as a last resort option for poor, there is a much different story to cultivate. Investing in agriculture growth is 11 times more effective for overall economic growth when compared to other sectors such as mining, utilities, and services. In fact, estimates project that African agriculture and agribusiness could be worth $1 trillion by 2030.
The demographic dividend has been touted as a potential source of growth for the African continent and its relatively young population. In the same vein, it comes with the challenge of employment creation that can absorb the large cohort of youth that is set to enter sub-Saharan
Africa’s labor markets in the approaching decades. Less positively, however, countries that fail to plan accordingly might miss these potential opportunities or the resulting youth bulge could increase the risk of social tension and other risks arising from high youth unemployment rates.
Workforce Connections, FHI 360
The Workforce Connections inventory is an evolving collaborative learning initiative in support of the project’s objective to generate, synthesize, and disseminate evidence. We examined a USAID-funded portfolio of $1.2 billion of projects awarded since 2008 that either have a workforce development focus or include workforce development as a significant component, by drawing from existing project databases and input from community of practice members. Based on this review, we present here a preliminary analytical snapshot.
This early stage diagnostic and strategic planning guide is meant to help policy-makers, educators and industry stakeholders understand how competitiveness and workforce development are linked in a sector, with a focus on industry clusters and competitiveness. The guide presents the diagnostic as a four-stage process: Explore, Examine, Envision, and Engage.
The World Bank Sector Competitiveness Analysis Tools (SCAT) Reference Guide provides a step-by-step approach, using a framework and encyclopedic set of tools, to identify sectors and products with the most competitiveness potential, and then carry out public-private dialogue to analyze the gaps in a sector’s environment and come up with public, private and public-private action items. The guide draws extensively on data sources and techniques from the economics, trade, bu
RTI International, Duke University
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development LEED Program
International Labor Organization, The MasterCard Foundation
This report presents the highlights of the 2012 School-to-work Transition Survey (SWTS) run together with the National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia (NSSRA) within the framework of the ILO Work4Youth Project.
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), in its role as permanent co-chair of the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development, was requested to take the lead in developing and overseeing the implementation of the Youth-SWAP.
International Labor Organization
The aim of this learning package is to support trade unions, employment services, education and training institutions, as well as youth organizations, in their initiatives aimed at raising young people's awareness of their rights at work. The package consists of a guide for facilitators and toolkit that provide hands-on examples of recruitment practices and workplace situations.