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Newsletter June 2020

What matters for the success of youth employment programmes in Africa


Dear reader,

Not the number of jobs, but the quality of jobs generated and a deep understanding of the context matter. Four evidence synthesis papers developed within the ‘Boosting decent employment for Africa’s youth’ research initiative reveal insights into the challenges and successes of current youth employment programmes. The takeaways cover: job creation by private sector development interventions, a recipe for successful interventions addressing the barriers faced by young women in the labour market, and the link between decent employment and peacebuilding. Read Connecting the dots: results of the evidence synthesis on youth employment programmes in Africa for more.

Hit hard, but fighting back

Education, employment, entrepreneurship, and engagement – the COVID-19 pandemic poses additional challenges to each of these for Africa’s already vulnerable youth population. A series of news items explores how differing groups of youth are being affected, and how different actors are working to help young people build their livelihoods and have their rights and voices heard, both during and after the crisis.

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INCLUDE Secretariat

Through the eyes of our platform members

How African economies can easily recover from the COVID-19 pandemic
In this publication, Njunguna Ndung’u notes that "although the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are devastating on already fragile African economies, the outlook is not completely dire".

Euro-African COVID-19 solidarity: the leadership
Ton Dietz reflects on a Financial Times article and shares an interesting ‘insight’ into the current intra-African positions of leadership in these difficult times.

COVID-19 & its impact on African economies
In this Q&A, Lemma Senbet talks about economic impacts, exit strategies and why Africa and low income countries matter to the rest of the globe during this time of pandemic.
More on COVID-19 in Africa
A number of INCLUDE news items and external contributions have been added to our dedicated page. Please find all contributions via this link

Illustration by Gado

AERC biannual research workshop

8–11 June | Online | Open to those interested

INCLUDE’s consortium partner, African Economic Research Consortium, is hosting its biannual research workshop from 8–10 June. On 11 June, the 52nd Plenary Session will be held on ‘Business Environment, Competitiveness, and Economic Growth in Africa’.
More info

Promoting decent employment as a peacebuilding strategy

This evidence synthesis paper explores the role of decent work and the political economy in strengthening the impact of youth employment programmes on peacebuilding.
Complementarities in CSO collaborations:
how working with diversity produces advantages

This research paper explores Southern perspectives on advocacy collaborations, complementarity, diversity, and Southern ownership and leadership.
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