Seminars & Events

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch)

The Hidden Skills Africa Needs Now to Achieve Agenda 2063: Focus on Youth.

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch) is a lunchtime workshop open to public, including IDE staffs, visiting research fellows, IDEAS students, outside researchers and graduate students. This workshop provides a platform for presentation of any work in progress where we can discuss in either English or Japanese.

Those who would attend a seminar are asked to announce yourself to receptionists on your arrival at the IDE and to obtain APL Organizers' signature on your admission card after the seminar.


April 28, 2016. (Thursday) 14:30-16:00


The Hidden Skills Africa Needs Now to Achieve Agenda 2063: Focus on Youth.


Africa has the youngest population in the world, with Uganda providing the lowest median population of 15years. Japan and Germany have the oldest median populations in the world at an average of 42 years. By 2050, Africa will have the youngest active working population group in the world, and will have approximately 2.4 billion people. While technical and vocational skills such as engineering, finance, various artisans, and project management, etc., are absolutely vital and critical in Africa’s current and next phase of development (especially in infrastructure development), it is the leadership skills, interrelationship skills, people-management skills, and other so-called soft-skills, that African businesses, governments, civil society organisations, and tertiary institutions, need to boost, alongside the technical skills, in order to provide the fuel and the glue that Africa needs to achieve its grand vision as articulated in the African Union’s Agenda 2063


Dr. Dumisani Magadlela (Programme Manager, Pan African Capacity Building Programme (PACBP) at DBSA/Hitotsubashi University)



Institute of Developing Economies, APL Organizers
KIM, Jiyoung E-mail:Jiyoung_KimE-mail
LEI, Lei E-mail:Lei_LeiE-mail
OSADA, Noriyuki E-mail:Noriyuki_OsadaE-mail