The Africa Commission was launched by the Prime Minister of Denmark in 2008 to help Africa benefit more from globalisation. The Commission consists of Heads of State and Government, politicians, experts, representatives from international and regional organisations as well as the business community, civil society and the academic world. The majority of the Commissioners are from Africa, reflecting the Commission's overriding commitment to ensure African ownership of its recommendations and initiatives.
The aim of the Commission is to present new and creative strategies to create more jobs and further economic growth in Africa in the years to come. It promotes the realization of Africa's youth by facilitating the creation of decent jobs, fostering entrepreneurship, and providing greater opportunities for young African women and men through education, skills development and access to finance. The Skills for Youth Employment and Rural Development in Western and Southern Africa is a joint initiative of the ILO and the Africa Commission.