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The typical young African is an 18-year-old woman living in rural poverty who dropped out of school and will probably have six or seven children.
That's the portrait painted by a World Bank report released yesterday that focuses on the challenge faced by the continent in finding work for its 200million young people - defined as those between 15 and 24.
"In sub-Saharan Africa, three in five of the total unemployed are youth and on average 72percent of the youth population live on less than $2 a day," the report said.
But it said the vast number of young people could be an asset to the continent if harnessed correctly, as some countries in Asia had done.
The bank said key steps required by African countries included:
l expanding work and education opportunities in rural areas;
l promoting and encouraging mobility;
l creating a conducive business environment and encouraging the private sector; and
l reducing child labour.
The report said obstacles facing Africa included low literacy levels and the fact that women had children very young.
The World Bank said the continent needed to devote far more resources to rural areas.
"Unless urban areas can create a massive number of jobs, which is unlikely because most countries have not yet initiated their transition to industrialisation, any development agenda must recognise that in the short term only rural activities can effectively create occupation for most new job-seekers."