Background paper on promoting decent work and inclusive economic growth
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
United Nations. Economic and Social Council;
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Economic growth in Africa remains insufficient to absorb its growing population. Furthermore, most African economies remain dependent on the capital-intensive extraction sectors, limiting their capacity to create enough jobs to absorb the rapidly growing labor force. In most cases, the extraction sectors operate as enclaves, with weak linkages to domestic suppliers and the rest of the economy. Employment has been expanding at a rate of less than 1.8 per cent annually, which is less than the nearly 3 per cent annual growth in the labor force. Employment creation is therefore not expanding fast enough to keep up with the growing labor force. Countries in Africa should make more effort to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth and to ensure the expansion of full and productive employment opportunities, especially for women and young people. The present background paper provides a review of progress in Africa in terms of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 8. The focus is on targets and indicators for which the following data are available: Annual growth rate of real GDP per capita; Annual growth rate of real GDP per employed person; Proportion of informal employment in non agriculture employment, by sex; Unemployment rate; Proportion of young people not in education, employment or training; Forced labor, human trafficking, modern slavery and child labor.
Citation“United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa; United Nations. Economic and Social Council (2019-03). Background paper on promoting decent work and inclusive economic growth. UN. ECA Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development(5th session:2019, Apr. 16 - 19:Marrakech, Morocco). Addis Ababa. © UN.ECA. ”
ConferenceUN. ECA Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development(5th session:2019, Apr. 16 - 19:Marrakech, Morocco)
- Economic Development