Ahead of the 2018/2019 national budget reading, Dr. Bernard Onyango, a Knowledge Translation Scientist at AFIDEP discusses the findings of a study on the challenges facing youth in Kenya. He outlines some of the investments the government has already made and what remains to be done in order to leverage on the potential of Kenya’s youth for the country to achieve socio-economic transformation.
You can access the study report here:
The demographics of the East African Community (EAC), particularly those of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, mirror those of Africa - decades of very high fertility in Africa, coupled with rapidly declining child mortality have created a population age-structure dominated by young people under the age of 25. Around 20% of the 127 million people in these four countries are between the ages of 15 and 24, and can be labelled as "youth" according to the United Nations definition.
This report summarises the findings of research on the socioeconomic implications of youth demographics in the four East African Community (EAC) countries. It also poses recommendations that bring together evidence from reviewed literature, data, and scenario models to highlight the policy and implementation implications needed for each of the four countries, and for the region as a whole, to benefit from the youth bulge.