Research led by Université Alassane Ouattara reveals how Côte d’Ivoire’s youth have emerged as victims and perpetrators of violent crime, and points to the measures that can offer them a brighter future.
Results from IDRC-supported research at the Université de Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), show that unregulated population growth — averaging 10 births per woman — combined with a lack of education and economic opportunities for impoverished youth, contribute to the proliferation of youth gangs who terrorize cities like Kinshasa and Mbuji-Mayi.
Youth employment is one of the most pressing challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa. The UN estimates that Africa’s youth aged 15-24 will swell by about six million each year for the next decade. By 2050, the median age will be just 24.