Effectiveness and viability, or otherwise, of public policies and strategies, quality of governance, and sustainability of socio-economic growth of a country are gauged, among other things, by the level and quality of employment opportunities they create and sustain for citizens in general, and the youths in particular, as youth are imbued with great potentials of productivity and innovation that could shape the destiny of the nation as a whole. As such, the extent to which a country is able to avail decent and gainful employment to its citizens is considered among one of the indicators of the level of growth or development of that country and its prospects as well. However, compounded with worrying quality of education offered by institutions of higher learning and technical and vocational skills to equip the youths with the competence needed to get employed and to create employment for themselves as well, governments' inability to create and sustain adequate employment opportunities has been one of the major setbacks in most developing countries in general and in the Sub-Saharan African countries in particular.

This book "Employment policies and unemployment in Eastern and Southern Africa"edited by professor Paschal B Mihyo brings together outputs of studies conducted in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, and Namibia. The studies reported in this anthology focus on graduate unemployment as a function of poor quality of education offered by IHES and weak employment creation by governments; contributions of entrepreneurship training in solving unemployment; employment policies and unemployment; youth aspirations and employment; role of business linkages in promoting employment; the causes, coping strategies and consequences of urban unemployment; and unemployment and underemployment. Some of the chapters construe rapid population growth as one of the factors exacerbating the rate of youth unemployment; and many document that unemployment and underemployment are preserving and escalating inequalities between and among different groups of people. Drawing from the findings reported in these studies, effective employment policies and strategies seem to be inexorably needed, as part of the solutions.
The book is indispensable for development policy and decision makers, programme designers, social security agencies, institutions of higher learning and technical and vocational education, curriculum designers, academia, researchers and students of IHES.

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ISBN
: 9789994455720
Author
: Paschal B. Mihyo
Cover
: Paperback
Publisher
: OSSREA