Promotion of the entrepreneurial skills of young people in sub-Saharan Africa


Youth unemployment is a grave social problem worldwide. The African continent is particularly affected, as it has both one of the world’s youngest populations and a higher-than-average level of unemployment among people younger than 25. In the area of higher education, too, the public sector is unable to offer a job to every school graduate.

This is why the Goethe-Institut has commissioned adelphi to provide support in organising a competition of ideas at selected schools in sub-Saharan Africa. adelphi has assumed responsibility for developing a multi-day workshop format in which pupils who are about to graduate from school develop business ideas interactively in groups on the basis of design thinking, and are prepared to pitch these ideas to a jury. adelphi also supported the Goethe Institut in arranging contacts with experienced workshop leaders in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and brought in its experience in conducting a jury process.