Botswana is facing a challenge of high youth unemployment, estimated at more than 40 percent. Despite the country having done well in terms of economic growth propelled by diamond mining and sales, the country has a disconnection between its impressive growth and unemployment. The unemployment problem given its level can be considered at crisis level and thus a source of worry for policy makers. And yet there is no adequate research to understand the gaps in terms of demand and supply, the sources of the gaps and what needs to be done in terms of policy intervention. The various current policy interventions are not yielding desired results, hence the need for policy oriented research such as the one proposed. The research is expected to provide long term solutions to youth unemployment in Botswana and possibly offer lessons to other resource dependent countries in a similar situation such as Namibia.
Project leader: Happy Siphambe
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