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Youth employment in sub-Saharan Africa: Taking stock of the evidence and knowledge gaps

January 13, 2016

This paper provides an overview of the youth employment challenge in sub-Saharan Africa. It gives context on the overall economic and employment climate in the region, and takes stock of what is known — and not known — about youth employment specifically. It summarizes existing interventions to expand employment and livelihood opportunities for African youth, and identifies research that could address policy-relevant knowledge gaps.

This scoping paper is one of a series jointly commissioned by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the MasterCard Foundation.

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