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A Review of Youth Employment Policies and Their Impact in Niger

In Niger, the youth represent a sizable portion of the population, with many lacking skills and facing challenges such as underemployment and unemployment. This paper examines both successful and unsuccessful factors influencing interventions aimed at improving youth employability. Employing a qualitative approach, the study relies on primary data collected through focus groups and interviews with youth and stakeholders to gain insights into the actual implementation of projects and programs.

The qualitative analysis reveals several obstacles to effectively implementing these actions. These include shortcomings in monitoring mechanisms, deficiencies in information and communication channels, limited initiative among young people, and a narrow range of job opportunities. Notably, ongoing technical support for young entrepreneurs who are already operational has proven to be the most successful strategy, particularly for recent graduates. However, the scarcity of available jobs continues to limit the effectiveness of youth employment initiatives.

PEP is partnering with the Mastercard Foundation for a three-year initiative on “What Works for Youth Employment in Africa.” It aims to provide evidence that can drive policy reform to increase youth employment in ten African countries. 

Read more about the Youth Employment Policies in Africa.

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