Decent Jobs for Youth aims to tackle the youth employment challenge all over the world, with a particular emphasis on helping countries deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Learn more about the actions our partners are taking at country and regional level by exploring the map and browsing through the commitments below.
J-PAL produces J-PAL-branded Policy Insights that synthesize global evidence with the goal of providing a tool to inform policy decisions with scientific evidence. J-PAL’s academic chairs and staff draw these insights from randomized evaluations. Policy Insights summarize J-PAL’s perspective on the evidence on a topic, with links to the original research and policy summaries. Within this broader effort, the J-PAL Labor Markets Sector has committed to producing Policy Insights through December 2020 that focus on how to help young people succeed in the world of work. The lead entity is J-PAL, and the source of financing is J-PAL core funding.
The ICSB Academy provides students with a full immersion experience in the making of a new entrepreneurial venture, while exposing them to the latest developments in entrepreneurship science under the mentorship of a global team of successful entrepreneurship experts (including entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business experts, and faculty).
Accenture and Save the Children share a vision for creating a more prosperous and secure future for young people. Their partnership equips youth with the skills they need to get a job or build a business and strives to train more than 58,000 young workers from 2017 to 2020, which contributes to Accenture’s Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative goal of skilling 3 million people globally by 2020. Together, Accenture and Save the Children have created programming that reaches youth in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, and Vietnam.
In 2019, the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs will set up a new Challenge Fund in support of employment opportunities for youth, with special attention for young women, in Africa and the Middle East. The aim of the Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) is to create economic prospects - via decent work and income - for youngsters in the Middle East, North Africa, Sahel, and Horn of Africa. The fund will focus on supporting scalable solutions of the private sector, civil society and knowledge institutes. The USD 171 million fund will run for at least seven years (2019-2025).
Fundación ONCE believes the best way to reach social inclusion is through training and employment. Young people with disabilities are a source of talent and since 2016 Fundación ONCE is developing several projects in alliance with the European Union, particularly with the European Social Fund (ESF), Universities, Companies and the rest of entities representing people with disabilities. The overall objective of the commitment is to share with the rest of partners of the Decent Jobs for Youth Initiative these best practices.The period of the Commitment will last until 2023.The main sources of financing are ESF and Fundacion ONCE own means.
YBI aims to support 1 million young people (18-35 years) to start, strengthen and grow sustainable businesses by 2025. Its global network of expert organisations is present in 50 countries across 6 continents, working to develop new solutions to the critical challenges facing young entrepreneurs. In turn, they help to create more jobs, strengthen communities and foster sustainable development, impacting SDG5 (Gender Equality), SDG8 (Decent Work), and SDG10 (Reduced Inequalities). YBIs work is supported by Accenture, Citi Foundation and Inter-American Bank Group who have been instrumental in helping them increase the impact of their network.
UNMGCY commits to hosting at least one in-person Action Workshop in each of the five United Nations regions, as well as multiple online webinars, in 2019. Each workshop, with an estimate of 200 participants, will be funded by various partners. Based on regional contexts, each workshop will have different focuses, but all of them will: Facilitate discussion about decent work and sustainable economies; share knowledge from youth and experts alike; Build capacity and skills for young people to improve labor market situations; Provide a space for participants to launch new actions. All workshops will have gender balance.
The world of work is changing, creating new opportunities but also considerable challenges for young people, who already face a precarious situation in the labour market. In 2019, the European Youth Forum will advocate for the creation of a youth-inclusive future labour market by developing policy-makers’, youth organisations’, and young people\'s understanding of how the future of work will impact Europe\'s youth and how to begin to respond today. Through this initiative, the Youth Forum aims to ensure all young people can enjoy their social and economic rights. The Youth Forum is the lead entity and responsible for financing.
The Future Fair is a series of events that seek to join young people from 16 to 29 years old in order to improve their employability conditions and provide tools for access to the labour market, with the support of national and regional companies which represent different productive sectors and providing a regional scope. It is coordinated by the National Institute of Youth with the collaboration of the Ministry of Production and Labour.
The aim is to provide training to 250,000 youth on advanced digital skills. These trainings will be organized by 2,500 government-owned Sheikh Russel Digital Labs. The government of Bangladesh will be the main source of financing to support youth in the new era of 4th Industrial Revolution. The main objective of the commitment is to empower the youth of the country with multiple digital skills which will emphasize the government\\\'s initiative on developing the human potential.
The Apprenticeship programme equips apprentices with on-the-job practical skills under real working conditions. The programme was initiated in the year 2016 with an aim to deliver 340,200 quality apprentices to the country\'s economy between 2019 to 2023. This initiative aims at reducing youth unemployment significantly as well as generating a more skilled labor force. Apprenticeship gives potential access to full-time employment for semi-skilled and unskilled youth. a2i is the lead entity of this commitment and the Government of Bangladesh provides the main source of financing here.
The Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan was developed by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development (FMYSD), as a strategy to respond effectively to the youth employment challenge in Nigeria. The major objectives of the plan are to address fragmentation and harness technical and financial resources for meaningful impact. The plan targets young people between the ages of 18-35 years and details needed actions in support of employment creation for youth in critical economic and social sectors and outlines the financing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation frameworks. FMYSD is the lead entity and is responsible for budgetary provisions and for funds mobilization.
The European Student Think Tank (EST), a Europe-wide youth network, strives to empower the young by giving them a voice in today’s changing world of work. Bringing together academic expertise from complementary disciplines, its dedicated Working Group on Youth Employment commits to develop accessible and low-threshold knowledge products and to disseminate them to organizations and platforms in Europe. As a think tank by the youth for the youth, the EST capitalizes on its overarching structure, institutional network, and unique position between students and policy-oriented research to inform youth participation and support young people’s independence in working life.
Blossom Academy accomplishes transformational outcomes through a live, cohort-based learning experience. The skills-based curriculum is designed in collaboration with industry partners and pedagogically is reflective of real-world experience. Students will be able to apply analytical knowledge and will also receive coaching in critical soft skills. The majority of this experience is delivered virtually, which enables Blossom Academy to leverage technology for quick, accurate fellow assessments. This 6-month program is intended for youth from West Africa - starting from Ghana - who wants to pursue a career in data science or launch a data-driven startup.
The UN DESA\'s 2019 World Youth Report on Youth Social Entrepreneurship: An Integrated Development Solution Toward the 2030 Agenda examines youth social entrepreneurship through the lens of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also provides policy guidance to Member States for the development of national ecosystems supporting and leveraging youth social entrepreneurship as a tool in the realization of the SDGs.
The UN Office of Counter-Terrorism / UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNOCT/UNCCT) Project is aimed at building awareness and delivering capacity-building trainings to principals of select TVET institutes on prevention of violent extremism, enhanced institute management and job placement of youth in order to strengthen youth resilience against terrorist radicalization and recruitment.
The goal is to train ASEAN youth ages 12-40 (500 pax/year) with 21st-century skills ready for the future of work and build an ecosystem that allows for continuous growth and empowerment of youth as partners for sustainable growth. This program is initiated by the Character and Leadership Academy (CLA) in Singapore with Futuready.asia and will run from 2018-2025 to mobilize public and private sector support with the Singapore-ASEAN (SAYF) fund as the main source of funding for incubating the concept.
In 2018, McDonald’s set a global goal to reduce barriers to employment for two-million young people by 2025, through pre-employment job readiness training, employment opportunities and workplace development programs. In addition to providing job opportunities that young people need to kick start their career, the company and participating Franchisees are expanding existing training and education programs to go beyond those they hire. In partnership with local community organizations and the International Youth Foundation (IYF), McDonald’s is rolling out a new pre-employment job readiness training program designed to help young people develop the competencies employers are looking for in entry-level employees.
Buzinezzclub\'s goal is to assist at least 3,500 youngsters (including refugees) before 2022 to leave unemployment to live independently and happliy. Their dream is the goal: buzinezzclub offers youth professional support and volunteer coaching. Our organisation\'s work is 100% \'paid by performance\' through Social Impact Bonds, so the success of members is Buzinezzclub\'s success. When a member/participant is no longer dependent on social security funding, Buzinezzclub saves the government funding. Part of these savings are returned to our organisations to continue the activities and to help more members.
“Ukrainian Pact for Youth: 2020” is a joint innovative initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Center for Corporate Social Responsibility and UNFPA Ukraine that joins efforts of business, government and educational sector to create 300 partnerships between business and education and to provide 10,000 first employment and internship opportunities for young people in Ukraine by 2020. The initiative is being implemented in all regions of Ukraine, in big and small cities by the national NGO “Center of Corporate Social Responsibility” with technical and financial support from UNFPA Ukraine.
At Microsoft Philanthropies we believe in advancing a future for everyone, where every person has the skills, knowledge, and opportunity to achieve more. We focus on empowering people: Economies and societies are being rapidly transformed by technology. As a result, digital skills are becoming essential to the jobs of today and tomorrow. One of the greatest challenges we face is ensuring everyone has access to the skills and knowledge needed to succeed. We\'re committed to ensuring people aren\'t left behind. We’re working to ensure that everyone has access to the opportunities technology provides, in a digital economy that benefits everyone.
OIJ commits to organise at least 17 National Youth Forums in IberoAmerica countries in 2017 - 2018 with the participation of approximately 1,700 young people. The National Youth Forums led by OIJ, promote the conversations and participation of young people and social actors to identify challenges and strategies to strength youth employment. The outcomes, in the form of national reports, including more than 90 youth proposals and regional recommendations are presented on ministerial and high-level meetings to nourish the implementation of public policies.
EFE aims to build a coalition of partners and connect 50,000 unemployed young people to the world of work in the Middle East and North Africa region by 2022 through: - Employability training (online and in-classroom) - Market-driven job training and placement programs - Entrepreneurship and self-employment training EFE will lead this commitment, with funding from various governmental, multilateral and private sector sources.
As a partner of the decent Jobs for Youth initiative, we will deliver a direct contribution to Youth Employability by the engagement of young people (ages 19-30) in global professional opportunities through AIESEC's Global Talent Program in partnership with 1000+ organizations around the world.
This 2-year project seeks to develop technical coding and soft skills to boost opportunities for young low-income women obtain better paying tech jobs in Peru, Chile and Mexico. The project is implemented by Laboratoria, a Peruvian NGO based in Lima and non-reimbursable financing is provided by the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank.
The overall objective is to support country-level operationalization of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth in the Sahel region. The commitment has a particular thematic focus on promoting quality apprenticeships and supporting youth in the rural economy. The commitment aims to expand the strategic multi-stakeholder alliance of Decent Jobs for Youth, scale up action through country-level pilot interventions, and promote knowledge about what works and how to improve labour market outcomes of youth. The project is implemented through a collaboration between the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and national and sub-regional youth employment stakeholders.
UNIAPAC International and its 15 national associations in Africa will be committed over the next two years towards the promotion of decent jobs for youth. The main actions will aim to raise awareness of business leaders on this crucial issue. Events to raise awareness will be organized, gathering business leaders in Africa. The first two events will take place in Cape Verde and Senegal.
NEPAD seeks to train 15,000 african youth/women along strategic agricultural value chains from 2017 to 2020. Target groups will include youth from rural areas, under-privileged background with specific focus on young women. NEPAD Agency will mobilize financial and technical resources from African Union, its member states, and partners such as GIZ, FAO and others.
YouthCan! is a global partnership that supports disadvantaged young people to successfully manage the transition from school to independent adulthood. The risk of labour market and social exclusion is especially high for young people at risk of losing parental care or who have already lost it. By mobilising employees, activating their networks and providing expertise corporates are making a measurable impact in the lives of young people around the globe whilst efficiently working to reduce youth unemployment. SOS Children’s Villages offers a digital platform through which young people and mentors can connect, create networks and support each other.
Advocating and utilizing policies and tools for the transition towards an inclusive green economy and commitments to beat pollution to create decent jobs for youth and sustainable future for people and planet.
The overall objective is to support the operationalization of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, the overarching platform for the promotion of youth employment in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The commitment focuses on expanding the strategic multi-stakeholder alliance of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, scaling up action at country and regional levels, and promoting knowledge about what works and how to improve labour market outcomes of youth. The project is implemented through a collaboration between the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, Spain, and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Supporting youth in fragile situations is a thematic priority of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth. It is a multi-stakeholder commitment led by UNDP and ILO with support from UNHCR and UNRWA. The commitments aims to (1) Develop the evidence base about what works to support youth in fragile situations; (2) Develop a comprehensive UN system-wide guidance note on promoting youth employment in fragile situations; and (3) Develop links and partnerships in support of coherent programming for youth in fragile situations.
The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) addresses the economic root causes of irregular migration by supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship. The four-year project started in January 2017 and is funded by the European Union (EU) Emergency Trust Fund for Stability.
FAO is committed to strengthen the strategic multi-stakeholder alliance, around the thematic area of youth in the rural economy, which advocates, ensures policy convergence, stimulates innovative thinking and mobilizes resources for more and better investments in rural youth employment. FAO will actively promote the visibility of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and advocate for decent rural employment for youth.
Coding Boot camp Philippines is an accelerated learning program to give participants core digital skills to enable them to enter the IT workforce within 6 months. This is an ongoing program which runs in 6 month blocks and is operating in Baguio and commencing in 2018 in Manila,Cebu and other Philippines locations. Financial support is from Switch Maven and a network of Australian employers. The aim is to re-skill youth and attract more women to the growing tech economy. This is a 3 year commitment-2021
Annual Courses on Future Jobs courses are designed into two parts and focus on Web Development, Java Programming, Internet Marketing, Quality Assurance, Mobile App Development, Unity Game Development, Computer Design, 3D-Modeling, IT Sales, Linux Administration. During the first four months, students are trained in skills to work as a freelancer or part-time employee. During the second period (from 5 to 8 months) students master their skills to get a decent full-time job. IT STEP Computer Academy aims to support 11,449 students. It is expected that young women include 25% of total students.
Professional Education differs from conventional computer courses. In 2.5 years, students gain a solid theoretical basis and strong practical skills in a chosen specialty. Using professional tools, hands-on practice in cutting-edge projects with top-notch instructors, many students find they are ready to start working before graduation. There are 3 directions of courses: Software Development, Digital Graphics, and Design, Networks and Cybersecurity. IT STEP Computer Academy aims to support 18,542 students by end of 2020. It is expected that young women will include 35% of all students
Code for All is tackling youth unemployment by recruiting brilliant minds, which couldn’t find a job in their respective areas of training, transforming them over 14 weeks and +650 hours of intense immersion, into Software Developers. We work with unemployed people from all types of academic and professional background, with no relevant experience in programming. Code for All commits to teach 740 adults (670 peple below 35 and 70 people over 35 years old), in differente Portuguese municipalities, between 2017 and 2019. The main sources of financing are a Social Impact Bond (FCG, IEFP, LIS, ASSOP), local governments and students.
The initiative includes a $100 million philanthropic commitment to prepare 500,000 young people, ages 16-24, in cities around the world for today’s competitive job market by 2020. To support these efforts, Citi is mobilizing 10,000 employee volunteers to serve as mentors and coaches and to provide professional advice to help move young people towards their career goals. Pathways to Progress supports programs that help young people build an entrepreneurial mindset, acquire leadership, financial and workplace skills, and begin to engage in the formal economy through a first job.
Nestlé’s ambition is to help 10 million young people around the world have access to economic opportunities by 2030.
UNHCR promotes economic inclusion of all refugees ensuring the poorest of them are not left out. The Graduation Approach is a sequenced, multi-sector intervention that supports the poorest households to achieve sustained income and move out of extreme poverty within a specifi.ed period. Since 2014, UNHCR in partnership with Trickle Up, has supported adoption of the Graduation Approach in refugee contexts. To date, it has been initiated in 8 countries (Egypt, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Sudan). This commitment focuses on furthering an age and gender inclusive graduation approach in refugee contexts.
The partnership between UNIDO and AIESEC seeks to effectively increase youth’s meaningful engagement in achieving the 2030 Agenda through (1) skills development, (2) promotion of youth-led entrepreneurship, and (3) joint outreach. This partnership builds on the mutual recognition of youth’s unmatched potential as innovative and driven agents of change towards achieving inclusive and sustainable development.
Since 2010, UNCDF has been actively working to increase youth financial inclusion by supporting the development of affordable, relevant and accessible financial products for youth coupled with complementary non-financial services in LDCs. UNCDF tested its approach by launching YouthStart Pilot Programme, which more than tripled the original target of providing A2F to 200,000 youth. UNCDF is now expanding this approach to LDC’s in Africa and Asia with the objective to increase the number of youth (in particular young woman, youth living in rural areas and out-of-school) engaged in entrepreneurship, decent employment, school, or further education and training.
Entrepreneurs for Social Change foresees the empowerment of young entrepreneurs at the regional level in a comprehensive manner, for these to be able to induce positive social change in their communities through entrepreneurship and innovative business ideas. By providing viable and innovative solutions to economic and social issues at the local, national and regional levels and by showcasing the benefits and value of social entrepreneurship to policymakers and other relevant stakeholders, the ecosystem will be strengthened, and young social entrepreneurs will be able to trigger social transformation in their communities, and thereby contribute to sustainable development in the region.
Digital Skills Thematic Priority ITU, together with ILO, is leading the Digital Skills Thematic Priority of Decent Jobs for Youth. The Digital Skills Thematic Plan takes a two-pronged approach, including in-country action and the joint ITU-ILO Digital Skills for Jobs Campaign. ITU contributed the Digital Skills Toolkit as a knowledge resource of Decent Jobs for Youth. Available in six United Nations languages, the Toolkit supports stakeholders in building their digital skills development strategies. ITU continuously raises visibility for the importance of the Digital Skills Thematic Priority and is supporting countries in their digital skills implementation efforts.
UNited For Youth Employment in Cambodia is a United Nations Joint Programme aimed at supporting young women and men to obtain decent and productive employment opportunities. The programme supports the implementation of the National Employment Policy and facilitates young people’s entrance to the labour force, particularly for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. The programme is financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. It is co-funded by the ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF and UNV, and implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and several public and private partners.
The objective of Partnerships for Youth Employment in the Commonwealth of Independent States (2018-2022) is to improve the effectiveness of policies and programmes promoting decent jobs for young people in the CIS countries. This includes developing joint approaches to address youth employment issues common to the CIS countries and enhance the existing mechanisms for regional cooperation on youth employment. The project is implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with financial support of the Russian company LUKOIL.
The Taqeem Initiative is a partnership between ILO and IFAD as part of an IFAD-financed project, titled “Strengthening gender monitoring and evaluation in rural employment in the Near East and North Africa.” Through rigorous impact research, this capacity development and learning grant project aims to understand “what works” in youth employment, with the ultimate goal of achieving gender equality in rural employment outcomes across the region. Taqeem (meaning “evaluation” in Arabic) advocates to strengthen evidence-based employment policies and provides technical and financial support to implementers of employment programmes targeting young people and women in rural areas.
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