Neglect, Control and Co-optation: Major features of Ethiopian Youth Policy Since 1991
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Original versionBergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2021:3) 26 p.
Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous state, has a young population with more than 70 percent of its inhabitants below the age of 35. Ethiopian regimes have a history of youth neglect and repression, and more recently, co-optation through patronage politics. Unemployment and political marginalization have continued to be a major challenge for young people, also after youth protests contributed to bring Africa’s youngest Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to power in 2018.