UN Report 2010 Regional Overview Youth in Africa
The global financial crisis notwithstanding, poverty, low levels of participation in national and local
decision-making processes, poor infrastructure, and conflicts have led thousands of young people to
migrate from rural to urban areas. Many have crossed borders within Africa, and others have left the
continent, in search of better educational opportunities and livelihoods.
Dissatisfied youth are often more likely than older generations to challenge their situation actively,
and to become a socially destabilizing force, as evidenced by increasing demands for change on the
For these reasons, many African countries are placing greater emphasis on youth development.