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Youth entrepreneurship and self-employment: Policy responses to support the transition from school to business

Author(s): 
Marc Witte
Theme: 
Institutions for job creation, skills acquisition and capacity building of African youth

Youth have emerged as active agents and drivers of economic growth in the approach to youth employment policies since the late 1990s, building on advances in the promotion of rights and education of young people in the 20th century (Barcucci et al. 2018). The role of youth as active agents of change is particularly evident in the promotion of youth entrepreneurship and self-employment. These have become part of an integrated approach by policy makers and practitioners to address the youth employment challenge both in developing and developed economies.