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Africa youth left behind in economic growth

Published 9:06 AM ET, Thu October 11, 2012
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Tahrir Square in Cairo was the central scene of fighting during more than a year of political unrest in Egypt. The country's economy is struggling to recover and almost one in three young people are out of work. Getty Images
Sherrif Mohamed has struggled to find work in Egypt since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown. He's just 24-years-old, but feels he has little future in the country. CNN
Egyptian riot policemen stop protesters from approaching the parliament building in downtown Cairo during a demonstration in 2011 by people calling for an end to poverty and unemployment. Getty Images
Eunice Kilonzo is a promising student at the University of Nairobi. She fears that even a college education won't secure her full-time employment in Kenya. CNN
Youth unemployment is a growing problem in Kenya and constitutes 70% of total unemployment. Here, a young Kenyan blacksmith, makes iron-cases that he sells for $4 each. Thousands of others just like him find themselves underemployed, in positions below their skills base. AFP/Getty Images
Pupils at a primary school in Nairobi face an uncertain futrure. Africa's youth population is set to double by 2045. Experts say a sustainable private sector must be developed in order to secure jobs for future generations. Getty Images