African Economic Outlook 2012

Promoting Youth Employment

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This 11th edition of the African Economic Outlook reviews recent economic, social and political developments and the short-term likely evolutions of 53 African countries. This year’s edition will for the first time cover Eritrea and South Sudan. The focus of the 2012 AEO is the promotion of youth employment in Africa, presenting a comprehensive review of both challenges and opportunities Africa faces in providing its young population with sufficient and decent jobs.

Full-length country notes are available on www.africaneconomicoutlook.org


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OECD Development Centre

Weeks of demonstrations brought down Hosni Mubarak’s administration in February 2011. Free and fair parliamentary elections were started within months, however, and by July 2012 the country should have an elected president in place. The new dominant parties have committed themselves to enhancing representative, accountable and transparent government along with efficient public services and efforts to alleviate poverty. The new political dynamic could create economic opportunities for young people who are desperate for change. About 60% of the population are aged under 30 and a high proportion of the 15-29 age group are unemployed.

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