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It’s not the quantity but quality of jobs on offer to young people that deserves further attention. Image sourced from

Youth unemployment ‘crisis’ more about job quality

The current discussion about youth unemployment overlooks some nuances of the data that should be helping shape policy.
Unemployed South Africans wait for work outside a factory gate in downtown Johannesburg. A wage subsidy could help reduce the numbers by offering opportunities to school leavers. Reuters

How a wage subsidy can alleviate South Africa’s youth unemployment

South Africa's unemployment figures have been stubbornly high over the past two decades. One policy measure that could help alleviate the pressure is a youth wage subsidy.
There are a lot fewer workers on the assembly line today. And it’s not just car manufacturing that has seen jobs lost to automation. Ford Europe/Flickr

How to guard your career against rapid technological change

If you leaving school today to embark on a career, what should you study to protect your job from automation and outsourcing?
Nigerian youth celebrate presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari’s victory. Youth unemployment will continue to threaten the continent’s growth. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Renaissance or mirage: can Africa sustain its growth?

How realistic are expectations about Africa’s economic prospects? There are several reasons why we should be both optimistic and cautious about the continent's future economic performance.
New thinking the way to job creation for people in the 21st century. Flickr/Tim Robinson

We need new jobs as the machines do more of our work

The more we automate jobs, the more we need to find new jobs for people, especially if the government wants us to stay in the workforce longer. That's going to take some clever thinking.
Despite increases in education attainment, the educated youth in sub-Saharan Africa find that there are no jobs suited to their levels of education. Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

When better education doesn’t lead to a better job

School enrolment rates in sub-Saharan Africa have increased markedly in recent years, but it is failing its newly educated young by not creating jobs commensurate with their education.
Young people take a keen interest in key policy areas such as climate change – the main problem is a lack of government engagement with them on such intergenerational issues. AAP/Newzulu/Zoe Reynolds

How to engage youth in making policies that work for us all

Lack of youth involvement in politics is often attributed to lack of interest. But my research indicates the bigger barrier is government capacity to listen to and work with young people’s views.
Australia is experiencing a baby ‘boom’, with 13% more babies born between 2003 and 2012 than in the previous decade. Flickr/Lon Martin

The IGR focuses on the old, when the future belongs to the young

Releasing Australia’s fourth Intergenerational Report, Joe Hockey described it as the “social compact between generations”, which would help “identify where the future opportunities will be” and “unlock…
Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten are united in condemning violence against women and children, but both overlook the young people who are victims too. AAP/Lukas Coch

Sidelined and scorned: young people are set up to be soft targets

Responses to family violence by Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten and the terms of reference for Victoria's royal commission fail to mention young people. Such a lack of recognition has dire consequences.
If charities spend all their time quantifying their work, they won’t be able to do it. Marcos Mesa Sam Wordley via Shutterstock

Obsessively auditing charities stops them from doing their job

The goal of youth-centred charities is to provide a public benefit by helping and caring for young people in a variety of ways. The public, government, and funders should do their best to support these…

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