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Youth and Africa


According to UN projections, Africa’s population is set to double to 2.4 billion by 2050, and it is expected to hit 4.3 billion by the end of the century. By then, about one-third of all of humanity will live on the continent. While many studies have focused on the present and the future of Africa and its interconnections with Europe, it is rare to hear how young people from Africa view and interpret current developments unfolding in their countries. To fill this gap, Youth and Africa brings together seven outstanding young professionals from the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. They shed light on challenges and opportunities, and remind us that “Africa is a voice to be heard, not a problem to be solved”.

Revised version of papers presented at the New-Med conference entitled “Youth and Africa: Exploring New Approaches to Economic Cooperation, Security and Migration”, held in Rome on 5 March 2020 and organized by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo and German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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