Young Africans: the challenge of employability

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A market in the Chadian capital, Ndjamena (photo illustration).

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By: Bruno Faure Follow

2 min

African demography requires the massive and rapid creation of jobs.

By 2030, it is estimated that 30 million young people will enter the labor market each year, or three-quarters of the inflow of young people globally.

The stakes are high, while in the context of the economic crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, African youth are worried about not finding stable employment.


How to improve employability in Africa, for young men and young women?

How to bring out talents?

What is the role of higher education?

Public authorities and the private sector?

Professional training?

How to avoid the brain drain?

What can international institutions such as the World Bank be used for?

Our guests :


Nayé Anna Bathily,

 Head of External Affairs for Central and West Africa at the World Bank, founder of Shine to Lead Senegal and member of the Women in Africa Council, which supports businesswomen and entrepreneurs in Africa


Patricia Veringa Gieskes,

Managing Director of The Job Factory, a company specializing in human resources in Kinshasa (DRC), administrator at the National Institute for Professional Preparation (INPP) 


Eric Amoussouga,

Managing Director of General Electric (GE) for French-speaking Africa.

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Our reports 


- In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, many young Africans are worried about their future and are struggling to find their way.

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 - One of the keys to the success of young Africans is higher education, the last step before employment.

But public universities cannot do it all.

The private sector is taking up more and more space.

In Senegal, the Supdeco Dakar group presents itself as the country's leading business school.

Since 1993, the school aims to train executives in management and new technologies.

Report by RFI correspondent Charlotte Idrac.   

Sup de Co report in Dakar



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