Youth Bulge: A Blessing or Curse to Zimbabwe’s Peace?
Zimbabwe is facing a challenge common to most African countries, that of having a ‘youth bulge’ of people aged 18 to 35. This youthful population exists against the backdrop of limited economic growth and employment opportunities, deteriorating social services and skewed development. Older men occupy positions of power in government, the private sector, non-government organisations and traditional institutions and are reluctant to share this power with youth. The situation has often been described as a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. Based on documentary data and interviews from key informants, this chapter argues that the country’s government faces a severe threat as a result of the youth bulge. New and imaginative thinking is essential in devising solutions and this process must involve youth. In addition to being a potential threat, youth are also an asset for sustainable development.
KeywordsYouth bulge Sustainable peace Ticking time bomb Zimbabwe
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