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

The project created a sub-regional cooperation platform for ten countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States. In Azerbaijan, the project supported government efforts to diversify the economy and create decent jobs through a package of measures promoting youth employment, including a new self-employment programme supported by the Presidential Fund; public employment service (PES) reforms; new National Employment Strategy ; new national Tripartite Commission on Labour; new Unemployment Insurance Law and Employment Law; transition from informal to formal economy action plan. In Kazakhstan, the project supported the Government in strengthening PES and promoting internal labour mobility. In Russia, the project supported the development of a youth employment policy in line with the State Employment Promotion Programme 2013-2020, that relies on demand- and supply-side initiatives, including support to PES reform. New occupational standards and a system for validating qualifications were developed. In pilot regions in Russia, the project supported the establishment of youth employment partnerships and innovative active labour market measures. In Uzbekistan, the project contributes to PES strengthening and development of national employment strategy through the PES functional assessment, trainings and macroeconomic review. In the non-target countries, Armenia and Georgia, the project supported the development of national employment strategies.


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: 1,500,000 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


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