Title of paper

Taming the Youth Bulge in Ethiopia

Presenter's country

Ethiopia

Start Date

27-5-2016 2:35 PM

End Date

27-5-2016 3:40 PM

Location

Hall II

Submission type

Presentation

Abstract

Issues of the youth are crucial matters of the future, which are of particular importance for the continuity of the society. An attempt has been made to demonstrate the size of the Ethiopian youth population that at a given period qualifies it as a ‘youth bulge’ and youth focused delivered services and emerging gaps on the basis of secondary national data and projections made to the year 2050. Taming the youth either through the provision of employment opportunities after the completion of good schooling and skill building up or through the provision of well-organized sexual and reproductive health services would mean that the society has done away with one of its required big accomplishments. However, such grand accomplishments cannot be attained without incurring costs. The costs are enormous that include commitments to postponing the present resource consumption for the benefit of the youth generation, tightened schedule of work, and tolerance. In specific terms, there are various routine activities and strategic 34 interventions that ought to be carried out to come to terms with the burgeoning demand of the growing youth across space and overtime. Lessons learnt from literature, experiences of countries that were successful in developing the youth and utilizing their beneficial contributions, existing and projected youth populations in unison implicate on the need to taming the Ethiopian youth. And hence the Ethiopian youth need to be considered the centerpiece of advocacy and policy-making in development processes in the decades to come. This is not only for the benefits of the youth alone but also to ensure the continued existence of the status quo, be it economic, social or political.

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May 27th, 2:35 PM May 27th, 3:40 PM

Taming the Youth Bulge in Ethiopia

Hall II

Issues of the youth are crucial matters of the future, which are of particular importance for the continuity of the society. An attempt has been made to demonstrate the size of the Ethiopian youth population that at a given period qualifies it as a ‘youth bulge’ and youth focused delivered services and emerging gaps on the basis of secondary national data and projections made to the year 2050. Taming the youth either through the provision of employment opportunities after the completion of good schooling and skill building up or through the provision of well-organized sexual and reproductive health services would mean that the society has done away with one of its required big accomplishments. However, such grand accomplishments cannot be attained without incurring costs. The costs are enormous that include commitments to postponing the present resource consumption for the benefit of the youth generation, tightened schedule of work, and tolerance. In specific terms, there are various routine activities and strategic 34 interventions that ought to be carried out to come to terms with the burgeoning demand of the growing youth across space and overtime. Lessons learnt from literature, experiences of countries that were successful in developing the youth and utilizing their beneficial contributions, existing and projected youth populations in unison implicate on the need to taming the Ethiopian youth. And hence the Ethiopian youth need to be considered the centerpiece of advocacy and policy-making in development processes in the decades to come. This is not only for the benefits of the youth alone but also to ensure the continued existence of the status quo, be it economic, social or political.