An Empirical Review of Youth Employment Policies in Senegal

Senegal is one of the youngest countries in the world, with close to 75% of its population below the age of 35 (ANSD, 2020a). While this demographic trend can potentially drive the country’s economic growth and development, it poses a significant challenge to employment. Youth is particularly vulnerable to unemployment. Young people aged 15 to 34 represent 58.2% of the working-age population, but the majority, 62.3 percent are unemployed. The unemployment rate in 2019 was higher for youth aged 15 to 24 (19.8%) and 25 to 34 (18.2%) than for adults aged 35 to 44 (13%) (ANSD, 2022b).


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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