In the first round of the competition in 2016, the Matasa Fellows Network awarded ten fellowships, enabling each selected researcher to produce a high quality synthesis paper and policy brief related to the theme of Youth employment and entrepreneurship in Africa.
Fellows developed and published ten peer-reviewed articles in the IDS Bulletin Vol. 48, No. 3, 2017, and ten policy briefs.
The Network supported fellows to connect and learn from each other and some to present their research outputs at major events in the continent.
The network also produced a series of blogs that were extensively downloaded:
- How African Scholarship Can Reduce African Unemployment
- Bridging the research-policy gap: Africa’s youth employment challenge
- IDS welcomes Matasa Fellows
- Putting young Africans at the heart of change