Expanding Youth Employment in the Arab Region and Africa

ZEF - Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Working Paper 155 (2017)

36 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2017

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Joachim von Braun

University of Bonn - Department of Economic and Technological Change

Chiara Kofol

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Date Written: April 2017

Abstract

The low level and adverse trends of youth employment in Africa and in the Middle East in the last decade are key driving factors of poverty, stress migration, frustration and political instability. There needs to be a sense of urgency to change the situation. How can employment, especially for youth, be created rapidly in these regions? The paper discusses different policies for the generation of mass employment of both skilled and unskilled labor. The sectoral priorities differ within the regions, with rural and agricultural jobs playing a more significant role in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Both SSA and the Arab region show potentials for large scale public works programs. Un-orthodox economic policy actions are called for due to the pressing nature of the youth unemployment situation. These policies should aim at generating productive employment improving skills, and can be implemented both at the central and at the local level. Countries should be responsible for ownership, accountability and self-monitoring of policies and programs. Large scale international funding support should be considered when planning, implementation and supervision are actually credible and results oriented.

Keywords: youth employment, human capital, labor policies

JEL Classification: J24, J64

Suggested Citation

von Braun, Joachim and Kofol, Chiara, Expanding Youth Employment in the Arab Region and Africa (April 2017). ZEF - Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Working Paper 155 (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2951664 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2951664

Joachim Von Braun (Contact Author)

University of Bonn - Department of Economic and Technological Change ( email )

Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, 53113
Germany

Chiara Kofol

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )

Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, NRW 53113
Germany

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