Africa is the continent with the youngest population. The African Union estimates the African population at one billion, with 60% under the age of 35.The UN, the African Development Bank, the OECD and others specify that the population aged 15-24 is at over 200 million in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is projected to double by 2045. This translates to the biggest potential work force in the world, with 10-12 million people joining each year.
One of the biggest challenges youth face is unemployment. It is common to see people with Masters degrees waiting years to find a job that uses their skills. I have friends my age and older here in Senegal with impressive qualifications- degrees from within Africa and abroad with internship experiences from top organizations and structures- who are simply waiting for opportunities to make a good living.
African leaders met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2009 to…
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