In general, an ageing population puts added pressure on the working-age population to be more productive – just to maintain total output – amid growing fiscal constraints.
African Catholics are growing in number. They are also reinventing and reinterpreting Christianity.
Governments coming to power riding a wave of youth protests can employ authoritarian tactics to silence dissent from the same movements.
The AU’s first two decades have largely represented a magical, mystical world of unfulfilled expectations.
Most citizens feel that it is pointless to vote because it won’t change anything.
The entire transport sector in Kenya is extremely chaotic and in need of urgent policy and legal interventions.
Young people’s use of technology such as Twitter shows that they are interested in politics and governance and have found a way to participate.
Racial and gender disparities in access to work are entrenched features of the South African labour market.
South Africa can’t possibly remain the same country in the aftermath of this mayhem. There are just too many storms ahead to simply continue unchanged.
Many unemployed young people are engaged in a variety of economic activities. These may not necessarily be recognised as a form of self employment or informal employment.
Ethiopian history shows that the demands of its young people can’t go unaddressed for long.
Relying solely on job placement as an indicator of successful intervention misses out on outcomes that are equally important, or more so, amid high structural unemployment.
The country has built a fairly good reputation for well-functioning, democratic governance.
Africa is far from having an ageing farming population. What is missing is a critical mass of skilled, young farmers with access to finance who could drive productivity in farming.
Employment programmes cannot replace economic growth in improving youth employability, but they play a crucial role in helping them find work.
Western perceptions of what’s happening in Tunisia differ sharply with Tunisia’s daily reality: the truth is that its political transformation is in trouble.
Research shows that unrest, even terrorism, can erupt in poor countries with a surplus of young people and not enough jobs. Can Niger, a once-peaceful sub-Saharan African nation, handle its baby boom?
A national minimum wage could benefit young people who have jobs and stimulate those who have given up trying to find work. But those without work need additional help.
The African Union has identified youth as critical for development. But, a new survey reveals a wide gap between these aspirations and the reality of youth public engagement on the continent.
Scenarios on global trends over the next 20 years point to some serious challenges for Africa. Whatever actually happens, it’s important for the continent to put in place mitigation strategies.