The africa development forum series was created in 2009 to focus on issues of signifi cant relevance to sub saharan africas social and economic develo pment its aim is both to record the state of the art on a specifi c topic and to contribute to ongoing local regional. Abstract sub saharan africa has just experienced one of the best decades of growth since the 1960s between 2000 and 2012 gross domestic product gdp grew more than 45 percent a year on average compared to around 2 percent in the prior 20 years world bank various years. This report begins by laying out the dynamics of the youth employment challenge in sub saharan africa the demographic transition the role of mineral exports the largely untapped reservoir of opportunities in farming and the aspirations of youth and policy ma. Washington january 27 2014 raising earning potential among africas growing youth population is a major priority for the region that will require strong action on multiple fronts according to a new world bank report youth employment in sub saharan africa with youth now making up the largest share of the population in most african countries it is more urgent than ever to pave the way . Although many refer to the youth employment problem as the youth unemployment problem in actual fact measured unemployment in low income sub saharan africa 3 and even in middle income countries outside of southern africa unemployment is not high as it is considered a luxury
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