Nestlé launches Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa

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Nestlé and its regional partners have joined forces to launch the Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa to promote employability for young people.

The alliance, which will focus on creating and implementing employability programmes, mentorship and training initiatives designed to equip young people with essential workplace skills, is part of the company’s business-driven movement Alliance for YOUth, launched in Europe in 2014.

Today, young people aged 15-24 account for one out of every six people globally, with 20% of the total youth population living in Africa alone.

This demographic trend is also exacerbated by the 71 million youth worldwide who are unemployed, while over 500 million are under-employed or stuck in uncertain or precarious jobs. Unemployment among youth in sub-Saharan Africa reached nearly 30% in 2016. Without concerted action, it is expected that nearly 50% of youth in the region will be unemployed by 2025.

According to Rémy Ejel, market head for Nestlé Central and West Africa “We believe that investing in youth is vital for thriving, resilient communities, and helps to build our business too,”.

“Young people are the next generation of employees who will keep our company competitive, the farmers who will grow the crops we need, and the entrepreneurs who will help us reach new markets, regardless of their field or level of expertise. This is just the beginning,” he added.

Regional support

The alliance was launched in Côte d’Ivoire on 30 October and Angola on 31 October, and will launch in South Africa on 4 November.

With the support of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire through ‘Agence Emploi Jeunes’, a government agency that promotes youth employability and employment, and the International Labour Organization, the regional members of the alliance in Côte d’Ivoire also include Bolloré, Groupe NSIA, MTN, Nielsen, Publicis and Nestlé.