Event: 2018 AFRICA THINK TANK SUMMIT
Dates: 5-7 April 2018
Venue: Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana
Theme: “Tackling Africa’s Youth Unemployment Challenge: Innovative Solutions from Think Tanks”
Many policies and strategies have been implemented across the countries to address youth unemployment and these include support for the establishment of business enterprises and training to develop entrepreneurial skills for the youth, farmers funding for the youth, and offering education and training including tertiary education to develop their skills. These strategies and interventions have not led to a major breakthrough in the generation of employment especially among the youth.
Poor implementation and lack of capacity for implementation of policies to address youth unemployment particularly with regards to the prevailing mismatch between tertiary education and job needs are areas that continue to require policy focus particularly on effective design of programs.
African countries are still searching for effective and sustainable solutions to promote jobs creation and significantly address the scourge of the continent’s youth employment. In this line, the various State and non-State actors have critical role to play in supporting and/or complementing the efforts made by the governments. Think tanks could therefore play a key role in researching around the capacity gaps facing employment in Africa and sharing best practices on how to address them especially with regard to job creation, policy development and their effective implementation on the continent.
It is against this background and building on the successes of the First, Second, Third and Fourth Africa Think Tank Summits that the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is organizing the Fifth Africa Think Tank Summit planned for 5-7 April 2018 in Accra, Ghana under the theme “Tackling Africa’s Youth Unemployment Challenge: Innovative Solutions from the Think Tanks”.
The 2018 Summit is organized in partnership with the Government of Ghana and the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), a leading think tank in Ghana. Other collaborating partners include the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC), the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the World Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Think Tank Initiative (TTI), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) et the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP).
- Discuss the role that effective leadership can play in addressing Africa’s youth unemployment challenge.
- Share experiences on how to develop the requisite private sector that can create jobs for the youths.
- Reflect on how to build the critical technical skills necessary for sustainable youth employment opportunities.
- Offer practical solutions for youth employment in Africa through the sharing of innovations and good practices, including entrepreneurship and agricultural enterprises.