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COVID-19 Learning Brief: Comparative Observations from Kenya and South Africa on Youth Skills Development and Employment

The global COVID-19 pandemic has not only impacted health, lives, and economies, but also the labor market and the education sector. Governments, policymakers, private sector groups, trade unions, international organizations and other stakeholders are attempting to respond in rapidly changing circumstances.

This new learning brief provides a reflection on the experiences of Kenya and South Africa as of August 2020, focused specifically on the impacts of COVID-19 on youth skills development and employment. It was produced in collaboration between GDI Africa, the GDI-incubated Global Opportunity Youth Network (GOYN), the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), the German Government, and the European Union with the aim of generating insights and drawing out the lessons for the future.