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daniel orupabo

MD, southernhouse ltd

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In what practical ways can African states tackle the issue of poverty and unemployment amongst its young people?

Many African states list their young people as a vital resource base. But very disturbing is the fact that young people in Africa are left to rot due largely to almost zero opportunity and failing structures compounded by systemic corruption. Now, for African states a wasting generation of young people is a more threatening challenge than political instability.


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  • Oct 3 2012: I don't live in Africa, so my point may be a little deviated from the truth and i apologize if i say something wrong or weird.
    From my optics, there are a few key points that affect Africa but i will only focus on one. Africa is a great continent, lots of natural resources and lots of good people that do not hesitate to work hard. But some countries in Africa are not politically stable because of internal conflicts due to the lack of "tribal tolerance" or simple political affairs. When a country goes through years and years civil conflict economy weakens, no industry, no investment and that means no good jobs for the emerging generations. But how to teach politicians that most issues can be solved with a sincere handshake?
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      Oct 6 2012: Roberto,

      I don't think a handshake will work for many of these leaders. These leaders are hungry for power and control. Those two things are the only methods to quench that thirst.

      However, diplomacy may work if we can identify leaders that may be open to compromise.

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