East Africa’s youth population has been growing rapidly. An estimated 30 million East Africans fall into this category, making about 20% of the population, 40% of the labour force and about 60% of the unemployed. Deliberations at the summit of 2011 noted that high youth unemployment is an impending threat to stability in Africa.

A large youth population that is not gainfully employed can also be a liability, further undermining growth prospects. But East Africa’s youth hold great potential as drivers for economic growth through participation in a globalizing knowledge economy and also as consumers. A young population can also be a resource that leads to innovation and safeguards governance and political reforms.

The Youth dialogue will examine current policy interventions to address the youth issues in the broader context of other social policies, including education and training, agriculture and rural development, population health, social inclusion and participation, employment and entrepreneurship.


Check out how youth perspectives compare across East African countries.