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Youth: Government Resources: Library Guide: Africa

A guide to sources of government and international governmental organisations on youth issues.

East Africa

East African Community. Youth policy popular version. 2014.

West Africa


Africa renewal special edition on youth 2017. New York :  United Nations Department of Public Information, 2017.

AUEcho, Issue 1, 2017 edition: Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in youth. [Addis Ababa] : AUC Directorate of Information and Communication, 2017.


African youth in agriculture, natural resources and rural development. Nature & faune, Volume 28, issue 1 (2013).    Accra, Ghana :   Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. G 45 K.NATU


United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa. Africa’s youth and prospects for inclusive development: regional situation analysis report. February 2017.

Philipose, Anandita. Investing in adolescents and youth to realize the demographic dividend in West and Central Africa.  Dakar, Senegal: UNFPA, 2016. Shelf no. G 494 E.UNFP.16.INVE

UNFPA. Status report: adolescents and young people in sub-Saharan Africa: opportunities and challenges. Johannesburg : UNFPA Africa Regional Office, 2012.

UNFPA, African Union. State of the African youth report, 2011

African youth report, 2011 :   addressing the youth education and employment nexus in the new global economy /    Addis Ababa :   Economic Commission for Africa,   c2011.   G 494 E.UNEC.11.AFRI

Rapport sur l'etat de la jeunesse Africaine, 2011 /    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia :   African Union,   [2011?]   G 63 E.AU.11.RAPP

ILO. Africa's response to the youth employment crisis: regional report: synthesis of key issues and outcomes from eleven national events in the African region, March-May 2012

The Commonwealth. Nairobi Action Plan: report of regional consultative meeting on investing in youth development, Nairobi, Kenya, 11-14 April 2011

G 494 E.UNEC.09.AFRI
   African youth report: expanding opportunities for and with young people in Africa. --    Addis Ababa : Economic Commission for Africa, c2009.
   ix, 112 p. ; ill. ; 24 cm.

New Partnership for Africa's Development. e-Africa Commission.
   Report of the NEPAD e-Africa Youth Programme Meeting, held at the Birchwood Conference Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa from 11 - 12 April 2006 / E-Africa Commission, NEPAD. --    [Pretoria : e-Africa Commission, 2006].
   1 v. (various pagings) ; 30 cm.


G 63 E.AU.06.AFRI
African Union.
   African Youth Charter / African Union. --    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia : African Union, [2006].
   20 p. ; 30 cm.

Youth entrepreneurship

Brixiová, Z.; Ncube, M. and Bicaba, Z. (2014), Skills and youth entrepreneurship in Africa: Analysis with evidence from Swaziland, Working Paper Series N° 204 African Development Bank, Tunis, Tunisia.

The Commonwealth. Youth Entrepreneurship for Africa’s Transformation

Youth Entrepreneurship Facility Africa

"part of the International Labour Organization. The facility exists to support emerging and existing young entrepreneurs to succeed in their business ventures." In Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Youth Entrepreneurship Facility's Youth-to-Youth Fund

"created as a mechanism to identify, test and promote innovative entrepreneurship solutions to youth employment challenges."



Southern African Development Community. SADC regional assessment report of policies and programmes for child and adolescent HIV, TB and malaria. Gabrone : Directorate of Social and Human Development and Special Programs, SADC Secretariat, [2012?]

Southern African Development Community. Directorate of Social, Human Development & Special Programmes. Communicable Diseases Project, issuing body.    Sharing and learning from best practices on child and adolescent HIV, TB and Malaria responses in the SADC region / prepared by Communicable Diseases Project, Directorate of Social and Human Development and Special Programmes, SADC Secretariat.    Gaborone, Botswana :   Directorate of Social and Human Development and Special Programmes, SADC Secretariat,   November 2013. Shelf no. G 68 SADC.SECR.13.SHAR

World Bank, UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNICEF. Africa Regional Consultation with Youth on HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health. [2007?]


Library of Youth Employment

ILO Regional Office for Africa. Report on employment in Africa (Re-Africa): tackling the youth employment challenge. Geneva: ILO, 2020.

African Union. Continental Strategy for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to foster Youth Employment. 2018.

African Development Bank Group. Jobs for Youth in Africa  Abidjan, Co╠éte d’Ivoire: African Development Bank Group, 2017. Shelf no. G 611 E.ADBG.17.JOBS

African Development Bank Group. Jobs for Youth in Africa : Strategy for Creating 25 Million Jobs and Equipping 50 Million Youth 2016-2025

African Development Bank Group. Strategy for jobs for youth in Africa, 2016-2025

ILO. Decent work, Vol. 1, no. 1 (Feb. 2015), Youth employment in west Africa: which way forward? Shelf no. G 494 K.DECE

African Development Forum (10th). L’emploi des jeunes en Afrique subsaharienne. Washington DC : World Bank, 2014.

International Conference on the Great Lakes Region. Declaration of the Special Summit of the ICGLR Heads of State and Government on "the Fight against Youth Unemployment through Infrastructure Development and Investment Promotion," Nairobi, Kenya, 24th July 2014.

Joint Employment Initiative of Youth in Africa (ICEJA) "The Joint Youth Employment Initiative for Africa (JYEIA) was initiated jointly by the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the International Labour Organisation (ILO)."

World Bank. Youth employment in sub-Saharan Africa (2014)

2014 Ministerial Conference on Youth Employment "How to Improve,Through Skills Development and Job Creation,Access of Africa's Youth to the World of Work" 

Proceedings of the ministerial meeting to promoting Youth employment within Africa’s creative economy, Praia, Cabo Verde
28 to 30 November 2013

ILO. Country Office Dar-es-Salaam. Rethinking youth employment coordination in East Africa (2013) G 678 E.ILOR.13.RETH

ILO. Youth Employment Interventions in Africa: a Mapping Report of the Employment and Labour Sub-Cluster of the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) for Africa. Addis Ababa : International Labour Organization, Regional Office for Africa, 2012.

ILO. Africa's response to the youth employment crisis: regional report: synthesis of key issues and outcomes from eleven national events in the African region, March-May 2012

United Nations Development Programme (2012). Youth employment and local development in Africa : the role of local governments in combating youth unemployment in Africa. 

OECD (2012). Youth employment : five challenges for North Africa : a paper for the regional conference: Promoting Youth Employment in North Africa, Tunis, 16 July 2012. 

G 611 E.ADBG.12.AFRI
   African economic outlook 2012 / African Development Bank ... [et al.]. --    [Tunis] : African Development Bank, 2012.
   291 p. : col. ill., col. map, col. charts ; 27 cm.
Special theme: promoting youth employment.
G 494 E.ILO.12.YOUT
   Youth employment interventions in Africa : a mapping report of the employment and labour sub-cluster of the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) for Africa. --    Geneva : International Labour Organization, 2012.
   ix, 87 p. : ill. ; 30 cm.

African youth report, 2011 :   addressing the youth education and employment nexus in the new global economy /    Addis Ababa :   Economic Commission for Africa,   c2011.   G 494 E.UNEC.11.AFRI

Africa development indicators, 2008/9: youth and employment in Africa: the potential, the problem, the promise  338.96005 AFR / BA 338.96005 AFR 

UNDP Regional Programme for Social Cohesion and Youth Employment

"partnership that is bringing  together the, UNDP,  ILO, UNESCO and UNIDO, has been supporting 12 Sub-Saharan countries to design macro-economic policies that promote youth employment and facilitate the development of skills among the younger generations."

G 494 E.UNEC.02.YOUT
   Youth and employment in Africa : paper prepared for and presented at the Youth Employment Summit, Alexandria, Egypt, September 7-11, 2002 / Economic Commission for Africa. --    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia : Economic Commission for Africa, [2002].

   v, 20 p. : col. maps ; 30 cm.

World Bank. Youth and employment in Africa: the potential, the problem, the promise. Africa development indicators, 2008/09

World Bank. Africa: Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa, January 27, 2014

Garcia, Marito ; Jean Fares, editors. Youth in Africa’s Labor Market. Washington, DC : World Bank, 2008.