Breaking the cycle of youth unemployment and poverty

by IRIN News

Young unemployed men play cards in a warehouse in Guinean capital Conakry. Photo: Tommy Trenchard/IRIN

Youth unemployment and underemployment are among the main barriers to development in West Africa, say experts. Not only does the exclusion of young people from the labour force perpetuate generational cycles of poverty, it also breaks down social cohesion and can be associated with higher levels of crime and violence among idle youth.