There are 1 billion youth living in developing countries. The youth population in these countries is growing faster than in higher income countries, bringing to light major challenges around gainful employment prospects. The challenge is particularly significant in rural areas where youth account for up to 60% of the population (and 45% of the workforce) and where poverty rates are higher than in urban areas. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, it is expected that most youth will continue to work on family farms and in household businesses in the next five years; only one in four youth will find waged employment, and a fraction of those jobs will be in the formal economy.
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Definition of “youth”: In this analysis, we define youth as individuals between the ages of 15 and 24. This definition is in line with those used by IFAD, the World Bank, and the ILO, allowing for comparability across global datasets and literature. We recognize that it differs with definitions used by others, particularly that used in much of sub-Saharan Africa and by the African Union (15-35 years of age).