Improving Youth Employment Policies in Francophone Africa

Africa's persistent job crisis calls for more effective employment policies, including training programs and support for job searches. This project will address the crisis through recommendations that will improve employment policies in francophone Africa. Youth employment initiatives in Africa Over the last two decades, African governments established employment agencies to help youth integrate into the labour market. For example, Senegal launched the National Agency for Youth Employment to help 113,000 young people find jobs by 2017. However, the effectiveness of these agencies is limited. Recommendations to improve job outlooks This project will generate actionable recommendations for policymakers and employment agency managers. It will also provide practical suggestions to help the business community take advantage of employment agencies when filling vacancies. The project team will bring together local experts and representatives of national employment agencies in five francophone countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Cameroon, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Republic of Congo, and Senegal. It will aim to strengthen the agencies by providing evidence on what works and what does not work to address Africa's employment problem.

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Project status


End Date

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


30 months

IDRC Officer

Flaubert Mbiekop

Total funding

CA$ 1,092,200


Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, Senegal


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Prof Fomba Kamga Benjamin


University of Yaoundé II/Université de Yaoundé II

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