Refining Jobs in Africa
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This article originally appeared on World Policy

Employers and job seekers across the continent are struggling with an employment mismatch of unprecedented proportions. There are three major societal shifts that entrepreneurs are promoting through innovative solutions:

  1. Elevate informal jobs as viable, respected livelihoods
  2. Leverage alternative industries
  3. Shift from jobs to entrepreneurship.



Ashoka Insight

While redefining what counts as a “good” job is only one piece of the puzzle for addressing the massive disconnect between jobs and job seekers Adewolu-Ogwo faced, the type of solutions pioneered by leading social entrepreneurs across the continent—elevating informal jobs as viable respected livelihoods, leveraging alternative industries to expand job options, and promoting a shift in focus from jobs only to including entrepreneurship—all offer a compelling way forward.

Lynsey Farrell is a Change Leader and currently the Knowledge Lead for Ashoka's Global Venture team that supports the selection of leading social entrepreneurs around the world. While at Ashoka, Lynsey has led numerous knowledge and learning efforts. As program manager of Ashoka’s Future Forward: Innovations in Youth Employment in Africa initiative, she curated and facilitated the Future of Work in Africa course, co-authored an innovation guide called Youth Unstuck: Innovations in Youth Livelihoods and Leadership in Africa, and helped co-lead experiential learning journeys around the continent. Prior to Ashoka, Lynsey directed American University's program on international development in Nairobi, Kenya and completed a PhD in Cultural Anthropology focused on the intersection of international development and youth-self-help movements in Nairobi's largest informal settlement, Kibera.

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