Youth Livelihoods in the Cellphone Era: Perspectives from Urban Africa Youth livelihoods in the Cellphone Era
de Lannoy, Ariane
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Issues surrounding youth employment and unemployment are central to the next development decade. Understanding how youth use mobile phones as a means of communicating and exchanging information about employment and livelihoods is particularly important given the prominence of mobile phone use in young lives. This paper explores and reﬂects on youth phone usage in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa, drawing on mixed-methods research with young people aged approximately 9–25 years, in 12 (high density) urban and peri-urban sites. Comparative work across these sites offers evidence of both positive and negative impacts. The ﬁnal section of the paper considers policy implications.