All You Need To Know About The Africa Youth Employment Clock

World Data Lab (WDL) unveiled the Africa Youth Employment Clock in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation. This initiative comes at a crucial juncture as Africa braces for unprecedented growth in its youth population throughout 2021–2030. Current projections indicate an increase of nearly 100 million individuals between 2023 and 2030.

In light of this demographic shift, facilitating access to dignified employment opportunities for Africa’s young people has never been more imperative. Therefore, the Africa Youth Employment Clock represents a concerted effort to harness the power of credible data to address this pressing challenge.

At its core, the Africa Youth Employment Clock leverages cutting-edge data modeling and visualization techniques to monitor real-time job growth and forecast employment trends across the African continent. By disaggregating data based on key variables such as employment status, age, gender, and sector, the Clock provides invaluable insights into the evolving landscape of youth employment in Africa up to 2030. As the first of its kind, this digital tool is poised to serve as a comprehensive repository of youth employment data, offering stakeholders across various sectors unprecedented access to actionable insights.

The Africa Youth Employment Clock is designed to inform strategic decision-making processes for policymakers, development practitioners, and other stakeholders within the youth and labor ecosystems. Drawing from surveys and datasets provided by national statistics offices, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Clock ensures the reliability and accuracy of its data sources. Moreover, its user-friendly interface makes it accessible to a wide range of users, empowering them to navigate and utilize the wealth of information it offers.

Accessible through the website, the Africa Youth Employment Clock provides country-level data for all 54 African nations, with sub-national data currently available for Kenya and Rwanda. Plans are underway to expand access to sub-national data for additional countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Senegal, and Ethiopia, where the Mastercard Foundation supports country-based programs. Leveraging a robust analytical model that undergoes peer review, WDL ensures consistent and comparable data across countries, enhancing the utility and reliability of the Clock’s insights.

Dr. Wolfgang Fengler, CEO of World Data Lab, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, emphasizing the transformative potential of youth employment data in informing evidence-based decision-making processes. Tade Aina, Chief Impact and Research Officer at the Mastercard Foundation, echoed this sentiment, highlighting the Africa Youth Employment Clock’s alignment with the Foundation’s mission to empower 30 million young Africans with dignified and fulfilling work opportunities by 2030.

As Africa’s youth population continues to burgeon, the Africa Youth Employment Clock stands as a beacon of hope, offering precise labor market insights to guide efforts to unlock the potential of the continent’s dynamic youth workforce.

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