Group of students at a seminar in Ivory coast
UN Photo / Abdul Fatai

Following a decade of military conflict and a political stalemate, Côte d'Ivoire is experiencing an economic upturn, with Gross Domestic Product growth estimated at 8% in 2017. The country hopes to regain its role as an economic driver in Francophone West Africa. However, it faces a major challenge: the economic integration of its youth.

Two people looking at a computer.

Young people between 15 and 25 represent more than 60% of Africa's total population, accounting for 45% of the continent’s total labour force. With the population becoming increasingly younger due to continued high fertility rates, sub-Saharan Africa’s 10.9% youth unemployment rate is a major cause for concern.


« Ce qui importe le plus, pour les jeunes du Myanmar et du Vietnam, ce n’est pas d’avoir un salaire élevé, déclare Jonathan de Luca, bénéficiaire d’une bourse de recherche du CRDI en 2017. C’est la santé, la possibilité de passer du temps en famille, et l’acquisition et l’utilisation des compétences. »


“The top priority for youth in Myanmar and Vietnam isn’t a high salary,” says Jonathan de Luca, 2017 IDRC Research Award Recipient. “It’s adequate health, being able to spend time with family, and to develop and use skills.”

This finding suggests that policymakers and business leaders don’t understand the needs of young

women and men, he says. “Interviews with policymakers and business leaders show that they believe that providing better paying work is sufficient.”