The Impact of COVID-19 on Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Roadmap for the Mobile Industry
By Susanna Acland
The disruption by the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified many of the challenges already facing youth employment in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). An estimated 20 million African jobs may be lost, according to The African Union, with a particularly strong economic impact expected in Nigeria, South Africa and Angola (World Bank). The immediate impact on informal employment in SSA will be particularly acute for younger demographics, including those employed through the mobile industry given their prevalence.
In this blog we look at the heightened challenges for youth employment through mobile industries and provide a roadmap for the mobile ecosystem to support more jobs in the future.
Photo courtesy of Jean Gerber.