The Future of Work for African Youth

Thursday, 07.02.2019 – Thursday, 07.02.2019, 8.30 to 17.30

Conference Assembly

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Future of Work for African Youth, a conference organized by SDC and ILO, 7 February 2019. © Cesar Robles / SDC

Digitalization and other major factors transform the nature of work. How do these changes impact jobs of the millions of young Africans and how can their potential be harnessed? Join the discussion at the Future of Work for African Youth conference organized by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) on 7 February, 2019 in Geneva.

Location: International Labour Organization (ILO), Room IX, Geneva

The nature of work is undergoing major transformations driven by demography, technological development and climate change, amongst others. Changes are occurring at an unprecedented pace and scale and will impact the nature of jobs, skills and wages in many parts of the world.

One of the imminent challenges of the future will therefore be to ensure young people's access to decent jobs and incomes, in particular on the continent with the biggest growing young population, Africa. Reflected in many recent development initiatives, skills development and active participation of African youth in the labor market is increasingly recognized as critical to poverty reduction. Yet, the private and public sector in Africa will struggle to create enough jobs for the current 120 Million unemployed and underemployed young people, a number expected to increase by another 10 to 20 million young people yearly. In order to better understand the magnitude of the challenges and to guide future actions in this field, SDC and ILO are joining forces for a 1-day international conference on the Future of Work for Youth in Africa.  

This livestream event shall bring together experts of current developments, innovators  and representatives of promising initiatives in Africa, give voice to the young African workforce and allow for creative time for participants to reflect about these new socio-political challenges.