Africa’s youth face an unemployment crisis. This crisis is both a threat and an opportunity: integrating the huge youth bulge into the formal economy can be a significant boon for growth, stability, and ultimately, peace. To truly solve this unemployment crisis, African governments must encourage job creation and employment opportunities beyond the public sector. But how effective are entrepreneurship programs at encouraging young people to start businesses in Africa? Can entrepreneurship education be mainstreamed into post-secondary curricula? And how can African governments and international actors use education to encourage entrepreneurship in order to create jobs for young people, help jumpstart the private sector, and contribute to peace and human security?

In this paired paper and policy brief, Southern Voices Network Scholar François Pazisnewende Kaboré provides policy options on how entrepreneurship education in Côte d’Ivoire and elsewhere in Africa can strengthen entrepreneurship education and create supportive ecosystems to help create jobs for youth and support peacebuilding.

Please see the policy brief and the full 8-page research paper linked below.

This publication was made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The statements made and views expressed in this paper are solely the responsibility of the author and do not represent the views of the Wilson Center or the Carnegie Corporation of New York.