Economic Report on Africa 2005

Meeting the Challenges of Unemployment and Poverty in Africa

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With the highest incidence of poverty in the world, Africa urgently needs to create more employment and thus tackle the scourge of hunger, malnutrition and the overall low living standards the continent continues to witness. In addition to its traditional role of reviewing Africa’s economic performance over the preceding year, and projecting medium-term prospects for the continent, this year’s Economic Report on Africa, the sixth in an annual series, provides a detailed analysis of the challenges of unemployment and poverty reduction, key issues at the heart of the debate on Africa’s development.



Meeting youth unemployment head on

At 21 per cent, youth unemployment in Africa is much higher than the world average of 14.4 per cent and second only to the Middle East and North Africa’s 25.6 per cent. The high share of young people (ages 15–24) in Africa’s population contributes to the severity of the problem.


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