Designing & delivering MSD youth employment programming in sub-Saharan Africa
BEAM Grab the Mic webinar
Date: 24th November 2022
Justin van Rhyn, Independent consultant and lead author of the A rough guide to the MSD approach for youth employment in sub-Saharan Africa
Appiah Boakye, Project Director, Innovation in Non-Traditional Vocational Education and Skills Training (INVEST) Ghana - a WUSC project
Meseret Tefera, Team Leader, LIWAY, Mercy Corps
Rachel Shah, Director of Youth Employment (interim), Mercy Corps
The African Development Bank estimates that up to 12 million young people enter African labour markets each year but only three million formal jobs are created. Because most of these young people can’t afford not to work, the outcome is underemployment and working poverty on a massive scale.
As policymakers, researchers and the donor community continue to wrestle with the youth employment challenge, does MSD offer any answers?
This webinar explored the findings of the recently published A rough guide to the MSD approach for youth employment in sub-Saharan Africa, including:
- The importance of defining target segments of young people
- Linking economic sectors, the youth labour market and skills development through a market systems lens
- Unpacking youth employment priorities: more jobs, better jobs, or better access to jobs?
- Thinking about sustainability and scale in the context of youth employment
There was a presentation of highlights from the Rough Guide, including examples from the panel to help illustrate the guide, followed by a panel discussion on designing and delivering MSD youth employment programming in sub-Saharan Africa. The presentation and panel discussion was followed by an audience Q&A.