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Youth Employment in Value Chains in Burkina Faso : Opportunities for Youth in High-Potential Value Chains in the Cities of Dori and Fada N’Gourma (Francês)

More than half of Burkina Faso’s population is made up of young people who tend to live in rural areas and have low levels of skills. Employment opportunities are insufficient to absorb the country’s growing population. Economic development and employment outcomes have taken a hit due to the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and persistent insecurity. Lack of opportunities for youth and disappointment in government institutions risk contributing to driving conflict and violence. The study focuses on two areas of the country hit particularly hard with fragility and displacement. The Government of Burkina Faso has recognized the need to create jobs and increase productivity in its development strategy, including through the development of value chains. The objective of the study is to identify sustainable (self-)employment opportunities for youth in selected value chains in two fragile areas of Burkina Faso. This study builds on three innovations to enhance the government’s ability to respond to the increasing youth employment challenge. First, the study follows an integrated approach that aims to consider constraints and opportunities on the demand and supply sides of the labor market simultaneously, with value chains serving as the integrating framework. Second, the study employs a participatory approach with youth between the ages of 16 and 35 years as the group of interest of the study having directly participated in all steps of the analysis. Third, aspirations of youth were analyzed to ensure that recommendations correspond to expectations and are in line with the wishes of the target population.




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