The African Union Commission, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Business Africa have joined forces to organize the conference “AfricaTalksJobs” to initiate a continental dialogue on “Equipping the Youth with Adaptive Education and Skills for Employment”.

AUC Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology


Agenda 2063
Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025
Continental Strategy for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024
African Youth Charter

NEPAD Agency

The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) was established in 2010 as an outcome of the integration of NEPAD into AU structures and processes. The NEPAD Agency is the implementing agency of the African Union that advocates for NEPAD, facilitates and coordinates the development of NEPAD continent-wide programmes and projects, mobilises resources and engages the global community, regional economic communities and member states in the implementation of priority programmes and projects. The NEPAD Agency replaced the NEPAD Secretariat, which had coordinated the implementation of NEPAD programmes and projects since 2001.


NEPAD Framework Paper on Rural Transformation
Position Paper on Skills Development for Youth and Women Employment
Rural Futures Programme.

Business Africa

Business Africa is the voice of employers and the private sector in Africa. The confederation has membership  drawn  from  African  employers’ organizations  spread  out  from  over  40  countries  from  all  the  regions  of  the continent.

Business Africa advocates for a conducive business environment that facilitates sustainable enterprises, investment and employment for socio-economic development in Africa through our network of national employers and business Organizations. It is recognized  in  the  areas  of  labour  and  social  affairs  and  within  the  context  of international organizations such as; the International Organization of Employers (IOE), International Labour Organization (ILO) and the African Union (AU).


Germany is cooperating with the African Union Commission and NEPAD and supporting the conference “AfricaTalksJobs”.

The following programs of German cooperation with the African Union are contributing to the conference:

Skills Initiative for Africa: an initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), supported by the German Government to strengthen occupational prospects of young people. The centrepiece of the Skills Initiative for Africa is a Financing Facility for Skills Development to be implemented by the AU’s New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD Agency) supported by the German Development Bank KfW.

In addition to funding opportunities from the Financing Facility, the initiative also provides mechanisms for continental knowledge exchange and dissemination of best practices for skills development in Africa where technical support is provided by GIZ.

Program to support the Pan African University

African-German Youth Initiative (AGYI)

Agricultural Technical Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) in Africa

Programme for Infrastructure in Africa (PIDA)

The following regional German cooperation programs are contributing to the conference


Employment for Sustainable Development in Africa (E4D/DOGA)