Youth Empowerment as a Pathway towards Attaining the Demographic Dividend in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Ghana

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25159/2663-6549/9208

Keywords:

Ghana, demographic dividend, youth empowerment, policy, capacity-building

Abstract

While empowerment of the youth in Ghana could enable them to make a more meaningful contribution to the economy, a myriad of challenges faces the youth during their transition from school into the employment sector and limits the realisation of their full potential. As a result, the recent and significant increase in the size of the youth population in Ghana cannot justifiably be romanticised as an obvious stepping stone towards the realisation of a demographic dividend. In this study, qualitative and quantitative research methods were deployed to carry out a cross-sectional survey that enabled a detailed exploration of the main challenges and opportunities facing the youth in Ghana. Some of the options for enabling greater youth empowerment in the country were also identified. The study established that unemployment, skills limitations, lack of access to finance, and poorly coordinated institutional structures for implementing youth empowerment policies and programmes are major barriers to youth empowerment in Ghana. We conclude that there is a need for more targeted interventions that address these challenges and leverage any evident opportunities available for increased youth empowerment before Ghana can confidently expect to reap a demographic dividend.

Author Biographies

Emmanuel Sekyere, Human Sciences Research Council

Dr Emmanuael Sekyere is a Chief Research Scientist at the HSRC in Pretoria, South Africa. He has more than 15 years of experience in applied social and economic researh in Africa.

Akanganngang Joseph Asitik, Department of Economics and Entrepreneurship Development, University for Development Studies, Ghana

Dr Joseph Asitik is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics and Entrepreneurship Development, University for Development Studies, in Tamale, GhanaHe has more than 15 years of experience in applied social science research and teaching in Ghana.

Published

2021-07-27

How to Cite

Chikozho, Claudious, Emmanuel Sekyere, and Akanganngang Joseph Asitik. 2021. “Youth Empowerment As a Pathway towards Attaining the Demographic Dividend in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Ghana ”. Commonwealth Youth and Development 18 (1):16 pages. https://doi.org/10.25159/2663-6549/9208.

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Articles
Received 2021-03-08
Accepted 2021-06-21
Published 2021-07-27