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The youth bulge in Least Developed Countries

Overcoming jobless growth

The number of young people of working age in the world’s 49 poorest nations is increasing by 16 million per year, and in each one of 11 such countries it will climb by at least half a million per year, a new UNCTAD report says. The organization recommends that the governments of the globe’s least developed countries (LDCs) intensify efforts to employ this vast resource – currently largely underemployed, or trapped in vulnerable, low-paid jobs – to improve the breadth and the growth prospects of their economies. By Carla September


The Least Developed Countries Report 2013, subtitled “Growth with Employment for Sustainable Development” (see reference), urges that there should be greater policy emphasis in LDCs on employment generation as a central development objective. It cautions that otherwise, international migration or social and political instability may rise ...

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