Youthquake: The Global Rise of the Next Generation

Date(s) - 03/29/18
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Youthquake: The Global Rise of the Next Generation

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Ertharin Cousin, Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture; Felix Kwame Yeboah, Assistant Professor, International Development, Michigan State University; Rayid Ghani, Director, Center for Data Science and Public Policy, University of Chicago; Former Chief Scientist, Obama for America 2012 campa. Moderated by Alesha Black, Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program

The world is now home to the largest youth population in human history. In India nearly one million people turn 18 years old every month, and about one billion people are projected to be under the age of 18 in Africa by 2050. This unprecedented deluge of 15–24 year olds, many of whom are concentrated in rural areas in low to middle-income countries, could positively transform entire societies if they are engaged, equipped, and empowered in productive employment. However, if their needs and ambitions are neglected they could also be a major source of social unrest, political instability, and conflict. How can countries capitalize on the potential of this promising demographic to secure economic growth and stability? What role will key sectors such as agriculture and technology play in securing youth livelihoods.

Join the Council and experts for the Chicago annual release of the Global Food Security Report, and a discussion on the current and future impact of the largest youth surge in human history.


Ertharin Cousin

Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture

Ertharin Cousin is a distinguished fellow of global agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She previously served as executive director of the World Food Programme from 2012 until 2017. In this role, Cousin led the world’s largest humanitarian organization with 14,000 staff serving 80 million vulnerable people across 75 countries. Cousin possesses more than 30 years of national and international nonprofit, government, and corporate leadership experience.  She maintains relationships with global government, business, and community leaders. She has published numerous articles regarding agriculture, food security, and nutrition.