This article frames and introduces the ten other contributions to this collection. First, the dominant narrative around Africa’s youth employment challenge is set out, as are four key points of debate and
discussion that are subsequently addressed by the various contributions.
We then draw from the ‘research into policy’ literature and note that it says little about how young researchers move into a policy engagement mode, or how they can be helped to move in this direction.
This sets the stage for an introduction to the Matasa Fellows Network, which was established to do just this, with a particular focus on the youth employment challenge in Africa. The articles in this IDS Bulletin are authored by the ten members of the first cohort of Matasa Fellows and are briefly introduced in
the last section.