The Algerian government is set to roll out a plan to have unemployed youth in the North African nation paid USD 100 (at least KSh 10,000) per month.
President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said the programme will be rolled out in a bid to contain the high rate of unemployment which now stands at 15 per cent and prevent outbreaks of social unrest.
During a local TV interview , the Head of State noted that the payments will be made in a bid to preserve the dignity of young people in the country.
The programme will kick off in March.
It will be accompanied by medical benefits, while some taxes on consumer products will also be suspended.
From 2000 to 2016, unemployment in Algeria dropped drastically, from 29.8 to 10.2 per cent in 2016.
In 2017, the unemployment rate went back up to 11.7 per cent due to a decline in worldwide oil prices and its adverse consequences on the Algerian economy.
In general, unemployment remains more prevalent among women and younger populations.
Algeria cut poverty by 20 per cent in the past two decades as a result of a booming economy and effective social policies.
Nonetheless, 35 per cent of the total population still lives below the poverty line.
Around 170,000 people or about 0.5 per cent of Algerians, are considered to be in extreme poverty while 10 per cent of the population is at risk of slipping back into poverty.
Do you have a story you would like us to publish? Please reach us through [email protected] or call/SMS +254 731 469269