Partnerships for Youth Employment in the CIS


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.


International Labour Organization (ILO) United Nations system entity


  • Lukoil

    Private sector

    Financial and/or in-kind contribution

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
  • 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

Achievement At Glance

(1) The Project supported the ongoing PES reform by embarking on a large-scale retraining programme of PES and regional labour ministries managers and employees. Over 830 people from all Russian regions participated in the trainings. The training manual “The Public Employment Services and the Future of Work” (developed within Project framework) served as a basis for the trainings. Over 830 managers and employees of PES and regional labour ministries and departments took part in the training sessions on the provision of modern services to job-seekers.

(2) The capacity of the members of the CIS PES Network, uniting the practitioners and academia from CIS countries, on labour market analysis and how it applies to employment policies was strengthened through a series of trainings "Thinking on the labour market for a job-rich economic recovery in the CIS". 

(3) Uzbekistan opened three career guidance centers following the technical support and guidance from the project. 

Key Highlight On Guiding Principle

Expanding investments in youth for quality education and skills development

A good example is an SIYB programme for rural youth in Astrakhan region of Russia. The young people were trained on how to analyze their business ideas and develop a realistic business plan for their implementation. Five business plans were identified for support following the rigorous selection process. Two out of those five are already operational, and the remaining three are in a pipeline. Another cycle of youth training is planned in early 2022. 


Partnerships for Youth Employment in the Commonwealth of Independent States aims to support young women and men between the ages of 15 and 29 who can benefit from integrated, more effective and gender-sensitive youth employment and related policies and programmes in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Georgia. The project aims to use the existing regional network to promote cooperation and knowledge sharing on youth employment. The direct beneficiaries of the project are the decision-makers and staff from the national and sub-regional institutions involved in the formulation, implementation and oversight of policies and programmes for youth employment. The activities carried out in the framework of this network aim to: Strengthen the national capacities of policy makers, public employment services and social partners to analyse the youth labour market trends and youth related challenges as well as to implement, adjust and evaluate employment policies for youth employment; Further develop the existing knowledge sharing and thematic policy review mechanisms among the CIS countries to strengthen and extend the regional cooperation on common current and emerging issues and challenges related to youth employment; Develop and update the key knowledge development initiatives, including the further development of available knowledge management tools; Continue to keep the political momentum for evidence-based, gender-sensitive and cost-effective youth employment interventions. This objective will also involve the BRICS countries and the relevant UN agencies.

Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • Progress: 1,021,430 out of 6000000 United States dollars committed to public-private and civil society partnerships in support of decent jobs for youth

    8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

    USD 6 million to improve the effectiveness of youth employment policies, programmes and initiatives in the CIS region.

    BY: Dec 2022





USD 6,000,000

Estimated total value of the commitment

Target: Only young people 15-19, 20-24, 25-29

  • Young people in urban areas
  • Young people in rural areas
  • Young women
  • Young men
  • Youth with disabilities
  • Young people with low levels of education and/or drop-outs
  • Graduates of second-level education and students in third-level education or beyond

Challenges faced in implementation

The restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 still present a challenge for implementing the project activities. There is a strong demand for off-line events from the side of the stakeholders, however, the ILO restrictions do not permit to fulfill those demands. Also, the "window of opportunity" for running on-the-ground events is very small, as the pandemic waves are too close, and the national and local governments change the requirements in line with the situation, but still too often.


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