Youth employment and migration in eastern and southern Africa

This two-year project will propose and initiate evidence-based strategies for creating decent employment opportunities and supporting entrepreneurship in the face of the youth population boom Africa is experiencing. It will focus on the way migration impacts youth employment, self-employment, and entrepreneurship in eastern and southern Africa. It will examine gender differences in migration trends and the causes of youth migration pressures. It will profile young African migrant workers, their working conditions, and their opportunities for entrepreneurship.

The project will also assess the results of youth policies, as well as employment and empowerment strategies, and create a new body of knowledge on how economic opportunities of migrant youth can be enhanced. It will develop innovative engagement with youth on their participation in migration and employment in selected countries. It will also document and disseminate best practices that empower migrant youth to participate in business enterprises.

The project will be led by the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC), a research organization dedicated to undertaking and streamlining policy-oriented research, training, and dialogue on internal as well as international forms of voluntary, forced, and irregular migration. The project will be implemented in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, and Zambia.

Project ID

108368

Project status

Active

Duration

24 months

IDRC Officer

Paul Okwi

Total funding

CA$ 697,900

Countries

Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia

Program

Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Linda Oucho

Institution

AFRICAN MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY CENTRE

Institution Country

Kenya

Institution Website

http://www.amadpoc.org

Project Leader

Winford Masanjala

Institution

University of Malawi

Project Leader

Abel Nzabona

Institution

Centre for Basic Research

Institution Country

Uganda

Institution Website

http://www.cbr.ug/

Project Leader

Frank Chansa

Institution

Council of the University of Zambia

Institution Website

http://www.unza.zm