Wim Naudé is Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and visiting Professor of Technology, Innovation, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. He is also a research fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany, and a visiting fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His research and teaching in economics are broadly concerned with technological innovation, entrepreneurship and human development.
In the big ‘migration debate’ strong assumptions have been made about the link between migration and development. Often, development is regarded as a tool to reduce migration and, vice versa, migration as a tool to affect development.
Around 170 million Africans will enter the continent’s labour market between 2010 and 2020. African policymakers consider industrialization the way to create employment opportunities for these new labour market entrants.
Shelter in the region represents a gap in the protection of refugees, which is in stark contrast with Europe’s professed commitment to human rights and international law.
Africa is the world’s youngest continent, with two-thirds of its labour force working on farms and at least another 15% in small rural enterprises.Can Africa’s rural economy create enough jobs for predominantly young job-seekers?