“Progress does not look the same everywhere. In Africa, challenges are challenges, but there are also opportunities to innovate.”
Nigerian-American author and journalist, Dayo Olopade opened day two of the Young Africa Works Summit with a reminder – the solutions to problems like unemployment are not always linear, and a strong preference for formality – or ‘formality bias’ – may lead us to overlook the resilience of the informal sector.
At The MasterCard Foundation’s inaugural Young Africa Works Summit, CNBC Africa’s Thomas Maree interviewed delegates on how we can prepare youth for employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in agriculture. Topics included agriculture in Africa and its growth prospects, finance models and the role of technology.
Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation, on the growth prospects for African agriculture.
The Youth Livelihoods Diaries Research project is contributing to empirical data about youth employment and entrepreneurship in Africa. This year-long research effort is tracking the working behaviours of 268 youth between the ages of 18 and 24 in Uganda and Ghana. Watch the video below to learn more about this research project.