Youth from across the continent, under the umbrella organisation One Campaign ,are advocating for a raft of urgent and bold policy actions to tap into their potential towards building a better and prosperous Africa.
The call comes off the heels of the highly anticipated Africa Union (AU) Summit on Industrialisation and Economic Diversification, slated for this month in Niger.
This also comes at a time Africa is recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic and grappling with after-shocks from global economic and political events. With its booming young population, Africa’s youth account for 60 per cent people who are jobless. The continent hence needs to create about 15 million new decent jobs yearly.
One Campaign, a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030, called for African leaders and policy makers to commit to a number of priority actions that are critical for driving economic prosperity and job creation through industrialisation.
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