The AU Decade for Technical, Professional, Entrepreneurial Training and Youth Employment

With a view to transform the potential of Africa’s large youth population, often referred to as the youth bulge, into a demographic dividend, the AU Assembly Decision (Assembly/AU/Dec.601 (X With a view to transform the potential of Africa’s large youth population, often referred to as the youth bulge, into a demographic dividend, the AU Assembly Decision (Assembly/AU/Dec.601 (XXVI) of January 2016, dedicated the year 2017 as the year of youth under the theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investment in Youth”. Consequently, a roadmap for the implementation of the theme was developed with key deliverables, milestones and concrete actions on employment and entrepreneurship, education and skills development, health and wellbeing, as well as rights, governance and youth empowerment. Building on this momentum the Heads of State and Government in July 2017 declared through decision Assembly/AU/Dec.652 (XXIX), declaring the 2018-2027 period, as the African Decade for Technical, Professional and Entrepreneurial Training and Youth Employment. The decision also requested the AUC in collaboration with Burkina Faso and Developing Partners to develop a “Plan of Action for the African Decade for Technical, Professional, Entrepreneurial Training and Youth Employment.” Africa Talks Jobs serves as a dialogue platform, to discuss the topics of the Decade.

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