Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 September 2008

Employment of Africa’s youth is key to development / An international conference in Accra on Friday aims to find new ways to get more young Africans into value-creating employment.



Employment of Africa’s youth is key to development / An international conference in Accra on Friday aims to find new ways to get more young Africans into value-creating employment.


ACCRA, Ghana, September 3, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Ghana’s capital will set the scene for the third of five thematic conferences staged by the international, high level Africa Commission, initiated by the Danish Government. The conference takes place on Friday, September 2, under the theme “African Youth & Employment”.  The conference will be hosted by three of the members of the Africa Commission: Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, President of ECOWAS, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director for the World Bank, and Ms. Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation in Denmark.


The objective of the conference is to secure a string of recommendations that will be used in the further work of the Africa Commission, and to ensure African and civil society ownership to the process.

Africa has the highest population growth in the world, and 46 per cent of the population is between 5 and 25 years old.

10 and 15 million new jobs will have to be created on the continent every year simply to keep up with the development in the population growth. At present only 8.5 million jobs are created every year. This means that without education, jobs and prospects of a meaningful future, these young people might fuel instability, migration, radicalization and violent conflict.

These are some of the issues that the more than 100 international participants will discuss at the conference in Accra. They represent a broad range of actors from civil society, governments, academia and international and regional organizations including ECOWAS and the UN. The one-day conference will be divided between plenary sessions and smaller working groups, in which the participants will discuss specialized sub-themes such as the climate for enterprise, skills development, and youth in fragile states.


About the Africa Commission

The Africa Commission was launched by the Danish Government in April 2008. The aim of the Commission is to present new ideas and strategies to strengthen international development cooperation with Africa. It is the ambition that the strategies will improve the effectiveness of international development cooperation with Africa.


The Commission is composed of 18 members and includes the President of Tanzania, the Prime Minister of Mozambique, the Managing Director of the World Bank, the President of the African Development Bank, high-level representatives from, inter alia, the UN, the African Union, ECOWAS and the EU as well as leading academics. The majority of the members are from Africa.At the first meeting of the Africa Commission, the 18 members decided upon a very ambitious work program and as part of this, the Commission is organizing five thematic conferences between June and late October.  

The Commission will then meet again in late November to discuss the recommendations set forth by the participants of the conferences. Then a new set of workshops and seminars will take place in order to prepare the final report, which will be presented in May next year. The themes of the coming conferences are: 


  • Climate Change, Nairobi, 18 September
  • Creating Economic Growth, Kampala, 30 October  

The Africa Commission has already held these conferences:

  • The Educational Challenge, Ouagadougou, June 16
  • Women’s employment & Africa, Maputo, August 15.



SOURCE : Africa Commission of Denmark


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