Youthquake: The Global Rise of the Next Generation

Ertharin Cousin, Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture; Rayid Ghani, Director, Center for Data Science and Public Policy, University of Chicago; Former Chief Scientist, Obama for America 2012 ; Felix Kwame Yeboah, Assistant Professor, International Development, Michigan State University. Moderated by Alesha Black.

Youthquake: The Global Rise of the Next Generation

The world is now home to the largest youth population in human history. In India nearly one million people turn 18 years old every month, and about one billion people are projected to be under the age of 18 in Africa by 2050. This unprecedented deluge of 15–24 year olds, many of whom are concentrated in rural areas in low to middle-income countries, could positively transform entire societies if they are engaged, equipped, and empowered in productive employment. However, if their needs and ambitions are neglected they could also be a major source of social unrest, political instability, and conflict. How can countries capitalize on the potential of this promising demographic to secure economic growth and stability? What role will key sectors such as agriculture and technology play in securing youth livelihoods.

Join the Council and experts for the Chicago annual release of the Youth for Growth: Transforming Economies through Agriculture report, and a discussion on the current and future impact of the largest youth surge in human history.

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 5:45 p.m.
 6:00 p.m.
Presenation and Q&A

 7:00 p.m.
Program conclusion and networking reception

 7:30 p.m.

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