I’ve been preoccupied by a story that should be far better publicized in the freelance literature. It’s the important role that freelancing can play in creating a larger, broader and deeper middle class in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world. Two reports, in particular, caught my attention. First was a recent report on young African employment from the ILO, the UN agency.
“The young people in Africa are confronted with multiple challenges .. Africa is the only region where the youth bulge will continue to grow in the foreseeable future, presenting both an opportunity to reap the demographic dividend and an imminent time bomb and threat to social cohesion as well as massive migration in search of opportunities … Just over one in five youth were not in employment, education or training (NEET) in 2019; this state of joblessness has been steadily growing since 2012 mirroring the trends in the global rate … Young women are particularly more affected.”
To learn more and read the full article, please visit forbes.com