Monday, November 12, 2012
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INFOCUS: Our Employment Series Starts today; Here is what to expect.

Monday, November 12, 2012
This is our second series ever to run on Connect African Development Blog. The first was on Health. We have received encouraging feedback and comments we hope will help us improve the attempt we make to cover Employment in Africa on this occasion.

We hope to run this series until the end of the year, 2012. We hope to culminate our efforts by holding a Policy side-event at the forthcoming African Union Heads of States Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This is expectation we are working to deliver. Nothing is yet to be confirmed. We will share updates when received. 

The title of this series will be Employment in Africa. With this, we expect to cover a wide spectrum of issues pertinent to employment. The usual culprits will be examined – unemployment and underemployment. We will also look at the increasingly discussed phenomena of demographic dividend and how that relates to employment. In tandem with that, closer attention will be paid to Africa’s young people and the important role they play in the employment equation. The policy framework and continental mandate around employment issues will also be examined and we will finalize the series by proposing a model to address key employment challenges on the continent. 

Our approach to the subject will be one of solutions to the key challenges the continent makes, with a focus on areas that can clearly give Africa quick wins in the coming decades. As such, we will limit our focus to only a few issues that are key drivers in the diverse economies of the continent. 

The inspiration behind having the second series on employment in Africa lies behind the fact that Africa’s position and influence in the world has and continues to change. According to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2012 report, average economic growth on the continent is expected to have grown to 4.5% in 2012 and will increase to 4.8% in 2013. When looked at country specific, some economies on the continent are growing steadily and are continuing to be sustainable as compared to more developed economies. Investments in Africa are now seen as the “must-take-action” thing. It is hard to deny that a second scramble for Africa is already looming. 

Riding this way requires that Africa gets its people working and producing, earning surplus and increasing savings. This in-turn would increase production and services and further diversifying economies and increasing business saturation. The ceiling here is employment – or in other words jobs jobs jobs. 

So this is where you come in – the information consumers. We welcome your feedback on the subjects we will cover in this time. But most important, we welcome you to contribute content to this series. There is a wealth of experience, best practices, lessons learnt from the challenges we face and expertise to make a dent in efforts to address the challenges the African continent faces on employment. 

Tell us what you think by sending us an email on And if you are able to contribute an article or two, please visit our Submission Page HERE

We look forward to an engaging series.

Editorial Team.
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  1. In so many African countries, the process is not easy for companies to come and start operating so that they can increase employment. If you are not a major fortune 500 company or some country coming to invest (while the reality is that they still bring ppl from their country) its almost impossible to navigate the system.

    We are currently looking to make Ethiopia an Outsourcing hub for software development - and we are faced with so many challenges in starting operations here, and in finding those computer programmers that its claimed to be a university graduate that cannot find jobs in their field. I need to find a few.

    I hope this forum sheds some light on how to make the young people employable, and use their talents and ingenuity to assist their respective countries to advance in technology. The world is not waiting for us, Africa needs this.


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