The latest index reports warn of instability on the rising African youth due to unemployment.
According to the latest Ibrahim Index of African governance, the population of the African continent is expected to have doubled by the year 2050 and African nations including those that are economically strong are not creating enough jobs for the highly increasing youth.
This concern arose with reports showing that the overall African GDP increased by 40 % during the last 10 years while the score for a sustainable economy has just risen by 1 %.
Reports state that this may be the main cause to why young leaders in Africa are rising in opposition of the current rulers which is likely to cause disturbance and instability in those countries as 60 % of the African population is aged under 25 years.
In a report earlier this month from the online news journal APNews, young opposition leaders from the East African region are trying to unite with ‘like-minded colleagues in the west and south African countries to form a movement to challenge long-serving rulers’.
According to Mo Ibrahim the founder of Ibrahim index, “Africa has a huge challenge ahead. Its large and youthful potential workforce could transform the continent for the better, but this opportunity is close to being squandered.”
In addition, Mo said “The evidence is clear – young citizens of Africa need hope, prospects, and opportunities. Its leaders need to speed up job creation to sustain progress and stave off deterioration.”
The report explains that a country having a strong economy does not ‘necessarily lead to more opportunities’ where various African nations have the highest GDP in Africa but rank in the ones with the lowest job creation.
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