A study of the challenges of youth unemployment in Zambia
Lubinda Haabazoka, Patricia S Kamanga, Chanda Sichinsambwe, Sumbye Kapena
This paper provides an overview of the size of youth unemployment in Zambia and its effect on national economic development. The paper also offers recommendations on the enhancement of youth empowerment in Zambia. This paper is based on a study conducted for the National Economic Advisory Council of Zambia. The paper contains 6 sections: Section one is the introduction; Section two gives an overview of Zambia’s labour market; Section three outlines youth empowerment initiatives in Anglophone African countries with the aim of providing a proper model of youth empowerment programs for Zambia; Section four presents the analysis of Zambia’s job creation strategies and policies currently being implemented on the one hand and the existing or foreseeable impediments on the other; Sections five discusses the legal and regulatory challenges relating to the employment of youths in Zambia; and section six which gives recommendations and the way forward in resolving the unemployment dilemma in Zambia.