AD3 2017 Briefing paper – Young Diaspora Entrepreneurs Investing in Africa’s Future

Africa’s population is expected to double over the next 30 years. By the end of the 21st century, 47% of the world’s youth will be African.
Though its population is rapidly increasing, job growth remains an obstacle. Along with unemployment and underemployment, the continent also faces other challenges; lack of investment, poor infrastructure, corruption and regional instability – all of which will likely further influence Africa’s youth to seek opportunities elsewhere through irregular migration, further dampening growth prospects. However, Africa’s growing population also offers a growing market and huge opportunities. Young professionals of the African diaspora have an opportunity to invest in Africa, whether through expanding their existing businesses to the continent, establishing or investing in growing areas such as property, agriculture etc., or in structured financial products, such as bonds.

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