The next piece of Africa's growth jigsaw

From Emergent Africa Sat Dec 15 2012, 10:58:00

In Vox David Fine and Susan Lund write that jobs are:

... the missing piece needed to complete Africa's growth jigsaw and ensure future prosperity and stability.

Over the past decade, growth has allowed Africa to create about 37 million stable, wage-paying jobs - a 50% increase. Still, nearly two thirds of Africa's workforce today is struggling to get by in subsistence agriculture or informal self-employment. And the current rate at which the economy is generating wage-paying jobs is simply not fast enough to keep pace with the expansion of Africa's labour force. So the continent urgently needs to speed up its creation of those stable jobs that underpin incomes, domestic demand, and social stability. The experience of other countries, and a closer look at the growth potential of different sectors within Africa, suggests that the continent can achieve this.

Lessons from other emerging economies

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Nigeria:   Nigeria Steps Up Ebola Watch After Death (news)
Daily Trust
26 July 2014

Health authorities have pushed up surveillance on Ebola fever after a Liberian man suspected of carrying the disease died early Friday. [read more]

Africa:   Social Protection Needed to Reduce Inequalities (news)
Inter Press Service
24 July 2014

For the last 13 years, Michael Ndah, 37, has worked for three road construction companies in Cameroon, but it is only in the last two years that his current employer has managed to register him with ... [read more]

Somalia:   Al-Shabab Commanders Killed Near Mogadishu (news)
Voice of America
25 July 2014

African Union security forces say they killed two senior al-Shabab commanders during a joint operation with Somali troops in a region north of Mogadishu. [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!