Innovations for Youth Employment in Africa

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Publication Date: 
03 October 2014
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Ashoka just launched together with The MasterCard Foundation the Future Forward: Youth Innovations for Employment in Africa challenge – They want to find bold new ideas and projects that will increase employment opportunities for young people in Africa.
They are looking for young people, between the ages of 18-30, from sub-saharan Africa to join this community and share their solution that is tackling youth employment issues. Top entrants, who submit their solution by November 5, 2014, will be eligible for prizes including an all-expenses-paid trip to the Ashoka Globalizer Summit in South Africa. At this Summit, winners will be connected to other innovators, partners, and investors, in addition to receiving mentorship and training to help their ideas and projects grow.
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Do you know a young African who is addressing employment in his or her community? Nudge them to take the Future Forward challenge. It’s open to all individuals between the ages of 18 and 30, as long as they are from Africa and are operating -- or plan to operate -- in sub-Saharan Africa (including all African countries except  Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Western Sahara, and Sudan.) Send them the attached e-card or template email, or send their contact details to Lauren Parnell Marino (
Calling young changemakers in Africa! Apply to the youth employment innovation challenge #AfricaYouthFwd
Calling the next generation of changemakers addressing employment in Africa! #AfricaYouthFwd
Prêt pour un défi qui peut changer l’avenir de l’Afrique? Proposez votre solution pour l’emploi des jeunes : #AfricaYouthFwd
Appel à la jeune génération d’entrepreneurs oeuvrant pour l’emploi des jeunes en Afrique! #AfricaYouthFwd
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Are you a young changemaker addressing youth employment in Africa? Submit your solution to the Future Forward Youth Innovation challenge.
Help shape Africa’s future! #AfricaYouthFwd
Etes-vous un jeune entrepreneur oeuvrant pour l’emploi des jeunes? Soumettez vos solutions au concours “Future Forward : Innovations des jeunes pour l’emploi en Afrique”. Contribuez à bâtir l’avenir de l’Afrique ! #AfricaYouthFwd
Ashoka will be developing an innovation guide and a toolkit to provide tips and other practical advice that equip people with the how-to’s for developing impactful solutions for youth employment.
In the meantime, sign up for our listserv. And be sure to read about solutions, get to know innovators, and stay informed about the upcoming opportunities to engage at