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Africa Renewal: Special Edition on Youth 2017

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Youth & ICT

Youth working on laptop computers at K Lab (Knowledge Lab), an open technology hub in Kigali, Rwanda.     Panos/Sven Torfinn

Knowledge economy appeals to youth

New educational platforms transfer skills and spur innovation among young people


Ahmad Alhendawi.     Africa Renewal/Eleni Mourdoukoutas

Africa’s future rests on its youth

— Ahmad Alhendawi, former United Nations youth envoy
—Tonye Cole, one of Africa’s top business leaders

Young people need opportunities to display their talents

—Tonye Cole, one of Africa’s top business leaders

Youth and Political Participation

Youth & Education

Youth & Unemployment

Young workers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, packing beans for export.     Panos/Sven Torfinn

Africa's jobless youth cast a shadow over economic growth

Leaders put job-creation programmes on the front burner

Youth Profile

Mavis Nduchwa.     Mavis Nduchwa

The new face of farming: youth making agribusiness ‘cool’!

Botswana’s Mavis Nduchwa, 33, owns an animal feed farm that grows grains and legumes
The Mayor of Kitwe, Mr Christopher Kang'ombe, who is also the president of the Local Government Association of Zambia, paying a courtesy call on Policy Monitoring & Research Centre Executive Director Bernadette Deka and her research team in February 2017.

It’s time for young people to get political

Zambia’s youngest mayor urges youth to get active in politics
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta visiting AkiraChix centre in Nairobi. Photo: AkiraChix

Young women breaking into the male-dominated ICT world

One of Africa’s leading tech start-up spreads its wings
Stephanie Okereke Linus

Nollywood star: More than just talent

Award-winning Stephanie Okereke Linus raising awareness on fistula


Schoolgirls during an awareness program  ceremony against circumcision (FGM) in Nakuru, Kenya.     Alamy

Who will protect our girls?

More efforts required to end harmful cultural practices and violence against girls
Migrants from Africa and elsewhere rescued from a smuggler's boat by an Italian naval ship in the Mediterranean. Photo credit: UNHCR/A. D'Amato

Migration: taking rickety boats to Europe

Poverty and lack of opportunities force African youth to risk all in search of jobs abroad
Mohamed Sidibay

Reminiscences of a former child soldier

My biggest fear was children, high on drugs, wielding AK-47 riffles
Ntiokam Divine (right) at the Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco in November 2016.

Development goals in local languages

Young leader helps translate SDGs in different African languages
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (in grey T-shirt) meeting with entrepreneurs and developers in Nairobi, Kenya.     Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO looks for more ‘likes’ from Africa

Mark Zuckerberg’s trip to Kenya and Nigeria inspired local techies amid scepticism
steve gibson

Public procurement opens doors for youth-led firms

Using government tenders to empower young people

Youth Ambassador

Health Campaign