Almost 80% of Rwanda’s population is under the age of 35. This large and growing youth population presents both a challenge and an opportunity to policymakers.
Rwanda is currently at a turning point in its demographic transition: fertility rates are decreasing and the labour force is growing as the youth population ages.
If Rwanda’s economy is able to productively absorb this population, the country could reap the benefits of a ‘demographic dividend’.
Canada’s IDRC is looking to launch a research program on youth unemployment in Rwanda (and other SSA countries) to provide new evidence to help identify the most promising policy options to connect youth with employment opportunities.
Our role was to work with IDRC to profile youth unemployment in Rwanda, map the policy space and the key stakeholders, and explore the potential value add of a large research program in the country.
Laterite developed a comprehensive scoping paper which serves as a reference on the youth employment policy and research landscape in Rwanda.
The report profiles youth employment in Rwanda using the latest statistics and synthesizing the existing literature
The report also maps the current policy and programmatic landscape through interviews with key stakeholders at all levels from high-level government officials, to leading implementing organizations and to youth-led groups in order to capture the youth voice.
Our work offers a unique perspective on both supply and demand-side issues, the coordination and governance of policies and programs for youth employment, and the extent to which intervention-design incorporates youth voices.
Our research provided a comprehensive perspective on the youth unemployment issue in Rwanda valuable not only to policymakers, but also to program implementers and the general public.
This study serves as a reference paper on youth unemployment in Rwanda (frequently cited in policy discussions/reports in Rwanda).
Scoping paper was main introduction to large consultative workshop with leading policy-makers and implementing organizations on youth unemployment.