African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4171

Full Length Research Paper

Youth unemployment: Entrepreneurship development programme as an intervention mechanism

  A. Cyril Awogbenle*1 and K. Chijioke Iwuamadi2  
  1Africa Leadership Forum (ALF), Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. 2Institute for Development Studies, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu State, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 19 April 2010
  •  Published: 30 June 2010



Within the framework of potential efforts and strategies to boost employment and job creation for young people, entrepreneurship is increasingly accepted as an important means and a valuable additional strategy to create jobs and improve livelihoods and economic independence of young people. Regrettably, problems of unemployment as experienced by the educated youths and even the uneducated but skilled youths have become more pathetic in many developing economies, despite the neo-liberal strategies in addressing the issue of enhancing human capital. The aim of this paper is therefore to examine the constraints that impede young people in search of non-existing jobs and the urgent need to orient people of these affected economies particularly Nigerians on imbibing self-employment and entrepreneurship through vocational and entrepreneurial training programmes as a short-term intervention mechanism.


Key words: Entrepreneurship, unemployment, youth.