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Youth-led (digital) innovation and resilience during Covid-19: experiences from the African continent

Case/country studies

Written by Stephanie Diepeveen, Emilie Tant, Aaron Bailey-Athias

Image credit:Fabric face masks for Covid-19 protection hang out to dry on a clothesline in South Africa. Credit: Kelly Ermis / Shutterstock.com

This case study report contributes to the evidence base on how young people across the African continent have adapted their situations and enterprises in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The findings and recommendations are based on evidence on resilience from an online consultation with a range of young people from across different African regions, held in May 2021. There was a high level of participation in the consultation, with more than 500 comments from over 120 participants from at least 15 countries.

This case study is published by the Youth Forward Learning Partnership, supported by the Mastercard Foundation and led by ODI’s Digital Societies programme with Participatory Development Associates in Ghana and partners in Uganda. Youth Forward supports young people in Ghana and Uganda to get jobs, grow their businesses and access finance to expand opportunities available to them. The Learning Partnership works to develop an evidence-informed understanding of the needs of young people and how the initiative can best meet those needs.

Stephanie Diepeveen and Sanyu Phiona, with Emilie Tant and Aaron Bailey-Athias