6000 Days Until Africa Has The World’s Largest Workforce

May 30th, 2018

Africa’s population is the fastest growing in the world – and will account for nearly half of global population growth over the next two decades.

17 years from now, Africa will have the largest workforce in the world – and half of its citizens will still be under 21 years old.

“Imagine all those people without education, infrastructure, jobs, food, and security. We’re sitting on the cusp of a global humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scale,” African Leadership Academy co-founder Fred Swaniker shared with the audience at the recent Skoll 2018 World Forum. Themed ‘The Power of Proximity’ the focus was on disrupting the status quo to address inequality and injustice.

As Fred points out, we’re in real trouble.

Or are we? He asks.

“Could this looming population boom also be one of the greatest sources of global prosperity that will define this century?” asks the educational entrepreneur who has also founded African Leadership University – and for whom radical approaches to seemingly impossible problems prove to be the ultimate solutions.

Watch Fred’s talk to see how Africa’s Educational Moon shot – educating hundreds of millions of Africans within 6000 days – is no mere pipe dream.

Let’s stop the clock on Africa’s unemployment timebomb

If you’d like to support our work to ensure Fred’s scenario comes true, Donate to ALA today.

If you’re working with young entrepreneurs, you can engage in more depth with these questions and solutions through our new portal: The Anzisha Effect



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This is an article from the ALA Journey Journal – the blog that tracks our 50 year journey to develop 6000 leaders. Visit the Journal here.


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