World Data Lab and the University of Nairobi present “Africa 2030 – Where will jobs come from?”

World Data Lab and the University of Nairobi present “Africa 2030 – Where will jobs come from?”

Reflecting on Africa’s youth unemployment challenges on International Women’s Day


Nairobi, Kenya, World Data Lab and the University of Nairobi invite you to join an event titled “Africa 2023 – Where will jobs come from?”. This public event will be held at the University of Nairobi on March 8, 2023, from 14:00 -16:00 EAT.

“We are excited to strengthen our partnership with the University of Nairobi and demonstrate the power of granular data-driven insights to bring attention to the youth unemployment challenge in Africa.” Dr. Wolfgang Fengler, Incoming CEO and Co-founder of World Data Lab.


The event will include distinguished speakers, including Professor Stephen Kiama, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, and Dr. Wolfgang Fengler. It will also include a  panel discussion moderated by Dr. Reshma Sheoraj, Head of Operations at World Data Lab, with experts from the University of Nairobi, Mastercard Foundation, and government agencies.


“Africa’s economic prosperity and social stability largely depends on what becomes of its youth. We are delighted to share some of our early insights emerging from our work with Mastercard Foundation to build a real-time job model for young Africans.”  – Dr. Reshma Sheoraj, Head of Operations at World Data Lab.



  • By 2030, Africa will be home to a quarter of the world’s population under 25, resulting in a larger workforce.
  • By 2030, the number of African youth will grow by almost 100 million, from slightly above 510 million today to more than 610 million 
  • 15 to 20 million increasingly well-educated young people are expected to join the African workforce every year for the next two decades
  • In Kenya, with a young population of 17.9 million, 9.4 million youth are employed, 7.1 million are inactive, and 1.4 million are unemployed

About World Data Lab 

World Data Lab (WDL) has a mission to create public goods that bring clarity to – and heighten the visibility of – some of the most complex challenges of our time, including the development of datasets and tools that track United Nations SDGs in real-time. To date, this includes tracking poverty, hunger, water scarcity, gender, health, and internet access in close cooperation with leading global organizations and governments (UNICEF, OECD, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and many more). By combining new data sources with groundbreaking modeling methods, WDL assists the public, governments, and other organizations in making data-driven decisions to solve the world’s biggest challenges. These tools are developed as part of our mission to democratize data and make it accessible and actionable for everyone. In short, making everyone count. 


This free event will be held at the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi,
Room: Confucius Centre, on March 8, 2023, from 2-4 pm EAT. Register to participate:


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