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Youth Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion

Accra - Ghana

23 March to 25 March, 2020

Cost: This is a residential training programme, and the cost for participation inclusive of accommodation for four days is $2500 per delegate

Key information
Achieving decent work for all is key not only to promoting the wellbeing of African youth and driving economic prosperity in the region, but also in achieving the sustainable development goals as highlighted by Goal 8, which aims to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. In light of this, the Microfinance Association has set up a Regional Alliance Network to address some of the challenging issues on youth unemployment in Africa. We are interested in working with Government institutions, donors, international foundations, private sector in addressing some of these fundamental challenges.

Who should attend?
  • Practitioners /MFIs institution
  • Financial inclusion experts
  • Microfinance associations
  • Government representatives.Researchers
  • International and local NGOs
  • Financial technology
  • Technical and financial development partners


In Sub-Saharan Africa, the African Development Bank estimates that without concerted action, nearly 50% of youth will be unemployed or economically inactive by 2025.

An estimated 18 million new jobs will be needed each year until 2035 to absorb the growing labour force in the region. However, the problem is not only unemployment, but underemployment and a lack of secure and decent work.

The informal economy, where many young people find a livelihood, may not absorb all jobless youth and offers largely insecure work. This is particularly challenging in agriculture, where work is highly unstable and low paid, putting off potential young recruits to the sector.

It is also important to re-iterate that Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest migration rate in the world and evidence suggests that a lack of decent work opportunities is driving this. The region continues to suffer the highest youth working poverty rates globally at almost 70 per cent.

Module 1 - Using Financial Inclusion to address youth unemployment
Module 2 - Removing Barriers to joined – up approach
Module 3 - Addressing - Neither in Employment, nor in Education or Training Culture
Module 4 - Strengthening the role and effectiveness of Vocational Education and Training
Module 5 - Strengthening the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships
Module 6 - Strategy Session to address fundamental challenges in Africa
Module 7 - Specific cases studies - New- Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America and Pakistan
Module 8 - Role of Fintech and Digital Finance
Module 9 - Enterprise Development initiatives
Module 10 - Action Plan for 2020 and beyond.


March 23
March 25
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