In our work in East Africa, we often see the need to support informal jobs, entrepreneurship, and access to finance. Read insights from The MasterCard Foundation's new report on mixed livelihoods and some key lessons for program design.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 70 percent of youth have jobs but earn less than $2 a day.
Even 25 years ago young people in Sub-Saharan Africa had started turning their backs on their parents’ traditional agriculture-based work and lives for what they saw as more exciting and lucrative opportunities in the big city.
Nineteen-year-old Oussama and his five siblings grew up in a two-room home in Bordj El Kiffan, a sprawling suburb in northern Algeria. He grew up knowing the importance of hard work, and he also witnessed what can happen when you don’t have something to strive for in life.