Huffington Post: Jobs Are Crucial For Peace And Stem Radicalization And Violent Extremism In Kenya








Kenya has the largest number of jobless youth in East Africa, putting a strain on the economy’s growth and also threatening peace and security when hopeless youth gravitate towards violent extremist groups.

Today, youth form two-thirds of Kenya’s population, many of them unemployed, with the ratio of youth unemployment to overall adult unemployment standing at 46 percent, according to the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census. At the same time, there are eight dependents for every ten working Kenyans, meaning that the average worker will very often have little left to save or invest for growth.

While this youth bulge may seem like a disaster in the making, investing in the sectors with highest potential can turn it into a gateway to rapid economic growth and development as we have seen among Asian Tigers like Singapore, South Korea and Malaysia.
By all projections, agriculture presents this opportunity.  My take with Kenya's Foreign Minister: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ambassador-amina-mohamed/jobs-are-crucial-for-peac_b_12104198.html?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

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