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The Skills Balancing Act in Sub-Saharan Africa: Investing in Skills for Productivity, Inclusivity, and Adaptability

Africa Development Forum Series

Sub-Saharan Africa has the youngest population of any region of the world, and that growing working-age population represents a major opportunity to reduce poverty and increase shared prosperity. But the region’s workforce is the least skilled in the world, constraining economic prospects. Despite economic growth, declining poverty, and investments in skills-building, too many students in too many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are not acquiring the foundational skills they need to thrive and prosper in an increasingly competitive global economy. This report examines the balancing act that individuals and countries face in making productive investments in both a wide range of skills – cognitive, socio-emotional, and technical – and a wide range of groups – young children through working adults – so that Sub-Saharan Africa will thrive.

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World Bank
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AFD - Agence Française de Développement

Regions

Africa

Knowledge Products

Research papers and syntheses

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Publication

Issues

Access to training and skills utilization
Training quality and relevance

Subject Tags

Skills and training policy
productivity

Additional Subject Tags

skills development, foundational skills, skills gaps

Publication Date

06/2019
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