Did You Know?
The demographic trends of the last century resulted in a global situation where, in the developing world, the great majority of people are young people: in certain countries, there can be up to 70 per cent of people under the age of 30. While this is overall a reason for long-term optimism, it also creates daunting short- and medium-challenges as governments cannot carry the economic weight of its young population and must find solutions to ensure their livelihood. Failure to do so resulted in mass migration and civil uproars, including in the “Arab spring”, which started with the discontent of Tunisian youth over the lack of employment opportunities. In addition, many developing countries heavily rely on agriculture as a mainstay of their economies, with vulnerable groups such as youth being more likely to be in poorly paid activities, or unable to access productive work.