Economic growth is all about creating jobs. The demographic dividend in sub-Saharan Africa, where the population under the age of 25 is 50% of the total, is not a dividend if the African youth is unemployed. Then it becomes a social liability, as learned skills are unused and become forgotten, unsocial behaviour becomes the norm, and unrest ensues. A job is not just about earning income – having a job brings identity, self- confidence, status, social cohesion and networks, and contributes to a peaceful society .
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