Future of Work for African Youth Conference

The Future of Work for African Youth Conference is an interactive event aimed at steering dialogue about how Africa can harness the potential of its youth for present and future actions in the phase of the changing nature of work amidst the rapid technological advancement and the climate change.


Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Government or intergovernmental entity


  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Jacob's Foundation


Africa is the continent with the largest growing young population. Their active participation in the labour market is critical for poverty reduction. Improving young people's access to decent jobs and income in Africa is an imminent challenge.  The private and public sectors struggle to create enough jobs for the 120 Million unemployed and underemployed young people, a number that is expected to increase by 10 to 20 million young people yearly at the same time as informality is a growing threat to prosperity.

What is the current work situation for young people in different parts of Africa? How is it influenced by the changing nature of work? Considering this, how can Africa harness the potential of its youth today and in future?

To better understand these questions and the extent of tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges, and to guide future actions, SDC and ILO join forces to organize the Future of Work for African Youth Conference in Geneva, February 7, 2019. The interactive live-stream event brings together experts of current developments, innovators and representatives of promising initiatives, give voice to the young African workforce and allow for creative time for participants to jointly reflect about these new socio-political challenges.

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