Creating more and better jobs in Kenya

From AfricaCan End Poverty Tue Dec 18 2012, 14:59:49

Gabriel Demombynes

Jobs are central to our lives: after all, we spend most of our time at work, trying to make a living. And it's not just about what we earn. As the 2013 World Development Report argues, our work fundamentally defines who we are as people with important implications for our social relations and psychological well-being.

Each year, there are one million new Kenyans. Unlike in the past, this rapid population growth is driven by people living longer instead of having more children. This means that an increasing share of the population is of working age. What does it mean for Kenya's economy and social stability? How can these young adults find a job--ideally a good job--and what needs to be done to help them succeed?

Young people are job seekers but also jobs creators. This is precisely why the ongoing demographic transition is both a challenge and an opportunity. Job prospects will improve in Kenya as young adults increasingly move out of family farming, to seek better prospects in cities. At the same time, out of the 800,000 Kenyans who reach working age each year, only about 50,000 are likely to find a "modern wage job", securing a stable source of income. Others will evolve professionally in a grey area between traditional family farming and modern blue or white color jobs.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

South Africa:   Judge Sends Pistorius to Jail (news)
South African Press Association
21 October 2014

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years' imprisonment for the culpable homicide killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. [read more]

Afrique du Sud:   Oscar Pistorius - La famille de sa victime « satisfaite » de la sentence (news)
Africa Top Sports
21 October 2014

Oscar Pistorius a été condamné ce mardi à 5 ans de prison ferme. C'est le verdict de son procès pour homicide involontaire sur sa compagne Reeva Steenkamp. ... [read more]

Afrique du Sud:   Cinq ans de prison ferme pour Oscar Pistorius (news)
Radio France Internationale
21 October 2014

L'athlète sud-africain avait été reconnu coupable d'homicide involontaire après le décès de Reeva Steenkamp, sa compagne, en février 2013. Il a ... [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!