The International Labor Office (ILO) estimates that the incidence of long-term unemployment among youth in Sub-Saharan Africa is as high as 48.1 percent. In 2015, an estimated 226 million youth lived in Africa. Southern Voices Network Scholar François Kaboré shares his research on the impact of entrepreneurship training on youth employment in Côte d’Ivoire and describes how entrepreneurship education could be mainstreamed in higher education curricular in an effort to build sustainable peace and prosperity. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.



François Pazisnewende Kaboré, a Wilson Center Southern Voices Network Scholar, is Director of the Jesuit University Institute at the Center for Research and Action for Peace (CERAP/IDDH) and Manager of the MBA program in entrepreneurship of the same institute in Adibjan (Côte d’Ivoire). In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Kaboré keeps teaching commitments in economics, statistics, governance, and knowledge economics. From 2012 to 2014, Dr Kaboré was visiting research professor at the School of Foreign Service (SFS) of Georgetown University where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses (Economic Analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa, Statistics, Econometrics, and Science, Technology, and Development). He has also taught and lectured in the following institutions: American University, Sophia University in Japan, the Center for Economic Catch Up at Seoul National University, and the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The professional experience of Dr. Kaboré includes consultancy at the World Bank's Sustainable Development Network (Washington, D.C.), and at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.