Will the AU realise its Agenda 2063?

3 August 2017 As Africa rises, and begins to forge a more positive outlook of its future, the continent’s scholars, business executives, community leaders, and policymakers have been calling for concerted efforts to rethink the future and come up with big ideas for the 21st century. Recognising this, in 2013, African heads of state and […]

African languages – Lifting the mask of invisibility

Original article on universityworldnews.com | March 2017 | by Ngugi wa Thiong’o As the first prime minister of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah was always aware of the necessity of securing the African continent as a base for all peoples of African origins. He had a vision of an Africa as a dominant industrial power in the world, but […]

Africa: How Might Youth Strengthen the African Union

Original article on allafrica.com | 10 March 2017 | by Carl Manlan At the recent African Union Summit, Rwandan President Paul Kagame outlined the path for the African Union’s structural transformation. I also heard a call on youth across the continent to contribute to the “imperative to strengthen our Union.” As a young African and as […]

Africa’s jobless youth cast a shadow over economic growth

Original article on thezimbabwedaily.com | 29 February 2017 African governments are confronting unemployment in many different ways. In Senegal, with 200,000 Senegalese joining the labour market each year, President Macky Sall launched a programme in February 2013 to create 30,000 jobs within a year and possibly 300,000 by 2017. The African Development Bank (AfDB) is […]

Youth employment in Africa: what to do when informal is normal

Original article on voices.mckinseyonsociety.com | 29 February 2017 | by Shantayanan Devarajan In low-income African countries, most people cannot afford to be unemployed. Lacking any significant safety net, 70 to 80 percent of the labor force ekes out a living by working in low-productivity, informal farms or household enterprises. Private-sector wage and salary jobs have been […]

The tiny digital camera on every smartphone has had real impact on African lives

Original article on qz.com | 6 February 2017 | by Professor Calestous Juma The selfie has become a cultural symbol of mobile phones. But this fun pastime has been made possible because of path-breaking engineering inventions in digital image sensors. The inventors—Eric Fossum (USA), George Smith (USA), Nobukazu Teranishi (Japan) and Michael Tompsett (UK)—were awarded the […]

Mobilising youth, greater entrepreneurship key to unlocking job creation in Africa

Original article on engineeringnews.co.za | 3 February 2017 | Megan Van  Wyngaardt With the continent facing a significant unemployment rate and with millions in need of jobs, local governments need to strengthen their relationships and build alliances within Group of 20 (G20) economies, but without sole reliance on its capital resources. During a South African Institute […]

Tackling youth Unemployment

Original article on the-star.co.ke | 11 January 2017 | Amina Mohamed Africa’s youths represent an opportunity and a challenge. Forty-one per cent of Africa’s population is below the age of 15. By 2035, more people will reach working age —15-64 years — on the continent than the rest of the world combined. This so-called ‘demographic dividend’ […]

TACKLING YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT: HOW DO WE SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY OF AFRICA’S YOUNG POPULATION?

Original article on venturesafrica.com| 5 January 2017 Africa’s youth represents both an opportunity and a challenge. 41 percent of Africa’s population is below the age of 15. By 2035, more people will reach working age (15-64) on the continent than the rest of the world combined. This so-called ‘demographic dividend’ is a massive opportunity for enhanced productivity […]