Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 70% of sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 30. Such a high number of young people is an opportunity for the continent’s growth – but only if these new generations are fully empowered to realize their best potential.
In Kenya, youth constitute about a third of the Kenyan population and account for about 40% of the working-age population. Young people face a myriad of challenges across the African landscape. From high unemployment to various forms of poverty, education inequality, lack of access to mentorship programs and many others hinder the youth from bettering their lives.
Programs and Investments in youth empowerment and entrepreneurship account for a large proportion of corporate and private philanthropic giving in Kenya. This Forum will be hearing from the government and other distinguished speakers on the current context in addressing the challenges youth face in Kenya. It will be an opportunity to hear the progress being made in addressing the youth agenda as part of Vision 2030 and the SDGs The event will also be an opportunity to better understand the challenges facing youth in Kenya and in the continent and collectively share ideas and solutions that will continue to help improve young people’s lives.