The Decent Jobs for Youth knowledge facility is a digital platform of tools, publications, databases, thematic resources and more to support evidence-informed action on youth employment.
It leverages the collective experience of multiple partners to share curated, state of the art knowledge and to facilitate learning opportunities for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of youth employment policies and programmes
The Knowledge Facility is separated into three parts: Learn, Engage, and Contribute.
Check out the Learn section to find key resources on youth employment, such as publications; latest data at national, regional and global level; trusted platforms and databases on policies, standards and legislation; tools; news and blogs. All resources are easily discoverable through a powerful search feature.
The Engage section is where you’ll find interactive resources on youth employment, such as webinars, online courses, videos and events. Explore it to engage and learn from a wealth of collective experience and knowledge.
Access the Contribute section to submit key knowledge resources, gain visibility and tap into a vast network of stakeholders dedicated to creating positive change for young people.
PublicationInternational Labour Organizat...
This paper looks at how volunteering can benefit young people at the start of their careers. It uses existing literature and undertakes further longitudinal analysis, including on the effects of volunteering on young people as they seek to access good jobs.
Partners of the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth have launched a joint Knowledge Facility (www.decentjobsforyouth.org/knowledge) which is open for business — if you’re in the business of boosting youth employment prospects. The Knowledge Facility is a place for policy makers and practitioners to learn, share, and engage on youth employment themes through searchable, shareable, and downloadable resources and tools. Partners power the platform by supplying curated content. Wondering how it works? Watch this one-minute animated video to get oriented: https://youtu.be/nde-d8p9F_s Let’s dive into the details of what types of resources the Knowledge Facility offers. Data finder: What is the rate of young people not in employment, education or training in your country? Use this interactive data discovery tool to explore key youth employment indicators from all over the world, create charts, and download versions. Publications: Discover text-based resources that provide guidance for policy makers, practitioners, and researchers, including global and country-level reports and case studies. Tools: Browse practical tools, including guides and checklists that help policy makers and practitioners in the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of youth employment policies and programmes. Policy platforms: Explore a diversity of platforms full of information relevant to youth employment policies, standards, and legislation. Partner platforms: Access a curated list of platforms from trusted partners, which provide insights into best practices for youth employment. News and blogs: Read inspiring stories about commitments, actions, and solutions from partners working to achieve decent jobs for youth. Multimedia: Learn from interactive resources about youth employment, including videos, webinars, and online courses. Events: Attend an event near you that aims to advance the goal of decent jobs for youth. Key features The Knowledge Facility includes innovative features that make it as user-friendly as it is useful. Lean meta-website, leveraging existing platforms: The Knowledge Facility is available through the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth online engagement platform (decentjobsforyouth.org). It builds on the work of existing knowledge platforms on youth employment, and maps and links resources and tools related to youth employment and allows users to manage knowledge of, and communicate about, youth employment interventions. Curated approach: The “What is it?” and “Highlights” sections offer a summary of the resource in a few sentences and bullet points. The “Fast facts” column provides even quicker comprehension of the most important characteristics and related information. This curation ensures that all resources are immediately useful and highly practical. Powerful search engine: The strong search functionality, cross-references and a shared taxonomy between resources and tools facilitate maximum visibility and interactivity throughout all platform content. Users can easily search, download, and contribute resources and tools, as well as read about news and events and discuss key topics, using the search feature. Thematic areas: Resources are organized around thematic priorities, which tackle the youth employment challenge. These thematic areas are used across the Decent Jobs for Youth Knowledge Facility and focus on interventions that are locally owned, aligned with national development priorities, and based on rigorous evidence of what works in different contexts. What’s next? Now that you’ve gotten familiar how users might leverage the Knowledge Facility, you’re ready to strike out on your own. Get started! The Knowledge Facility becomes more powerful when stakeholders and partners utilize, share and add new resources and tools to the platform. Browse the platform using the search feature, explore thematic priorities, and consider becoming a partner of our alliance and contributing to the Knowledge Facility. We are an alliance that strives to make decent jobs for youth a reality, and the Knowledge Facility is one important way we’re working to achieve it. --- About: The UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth is the multi-stakeholder alliance to scale up action and impact on youth employment under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It brings together governments, social partners, youth and civil society organizations, the private sector, the UN System and others working together to share knowledge, leverage resources and take action at country and regional levels to support young people in accessing decent work and productive employment worldwide.
EventGraduate Institute of Internat...
This will be the first meeting of the Global Interdisciplinary Policy Research Network on Youth Transitions, since its launch on 21 February 2020. The Global Network was co-created by the academic members from the Global North and the Global South and policy partners with a shared interest in advancing the understanding on youth transitions and youth policies, and as the outcome of Global Conference on Policy Research on Youth Transitions at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. The objective of the virtual meeting in November is to have a structured exchange and brainstorming amongst the Global Network members on the Impact of COVID-19 on youth transitions and its implications for the focus of the Global Network going forward. The meeting will be structured around the three main clusters as the Global network’s main priorities: School to work Transitionshighlighting in particular the impact on Education and on Livelihoods and Jobs; Youth in fragile situations of Violence, Conflict and Transition to Peace; Youth and political participation, with a particular emphasis on COVID-19 and human rights.
BlogInternational Labour Organizat...
Youth unemployment and underemployment were already major and growing concerns in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) prior to the onset of the pandemic; not least because people aged 15-24 account for 20 per cent of the population and fertility rates remain high. Most of the youth live in rural areas, where agriculture and non-farm activities are unable to offer the quantity and quality of jobs necessary to meet their employment demands. Multiple shocks stemming from the COVID-19 crisis are exacerbating those decent work deficits, compounding pre-existing challenges faced by young women and men. This, in turn, compromises development prospects and threatens to tear apart the social fabric. There are four main reasons why young people in LDCs are especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic: Youth are overrepresented in impacted sectors Containment measures and sharp contractions in external demand have acutely affected economic and labour market prospects in LDCs. Sectors that are most at risk include tourism, manufacturing, and services. Amongst those sectors, young people represent a large percentage of the workforce and their livelihoods are under threat. Garment manufacturing, for instance, represents 25 per cent and 35 per cent of young women employed in Bangladesh and Cambodia, respectively.  According to an ILO brief, the public health crisis has affected millions of garment workers, leading to reduced working hours and incomes, as well as job losses. More often than not young workers are engaged in the informal economy For young people in LDCs employment is often informal. This means that these workers are typically not subject to national labour legislation, employment benefits or, importantly, social protection. In Sub-Saharan Africa, for instance, only 4.2 per cent of workers have access to unemployment benefits. Young women and men have little or nothing to fall back on Even a few weeks of lockdown and reduced earnings can have severe economic implications for young people, who have had little career time to build up cash reserves and have nothing to fall back on in tough times. For most, returning to their families is the main safety net, worsening the burden on already fragile households. Similarly, young entrepreneurs, who often face financial and social capital constraints, have felt the harsh impacts of the crisis. COVID-19 constrains opportunities for education, training and work-based learning, which may carry consequences in the future While mandated workplace and school closures have been necessary to tackle the health crisis and keep contagion rates at bay, they inflict a heavy toll on young persons and workers by disrupting learning, destroying employment and, in turn, undermining their career prospects. Only 20 per cent of the population have access to the internet in LDCs, thereby precluding any possibility of online and distance learning or teleworking. Even in the worst of crises, youth are often better equipped to take advantage of new technologies (such as emerging digital technologies in e-commerce) and adjust to new skills demanded in the evolving workplace. Policy design is important to provide those young women and men with opportunities, keeping them active and inspired. If young workers are left idle with scant career prospects, economic recovery is likely to be weak and adverse outcomes may become commonplace. The economic fallout of COVID-19 may give way to precipitous increases in already high rates of individuals that are not in education, employment, or training (NEET) and, ultimately, exacerbate poverty and hunger. This carries severe social and economic consequences: Social effects: The economic crisis has widened pre-existing inequalities in access to health services, livelihoods and decent work. This will force young people into negative coping strategies, such as cutting down on consumption to the bare minimum, or taking out predatory loans from informal moneylenders. Economic effects: Weak human capital growth will constrain productive capacities over the long run, which restricts countries’ abilities to produce sustainable economic growth and improve their development prospects. Key opportunities for a job-rich recovery and resilience Governments, employers and workers in LDCs, as well as the international community, can do much to promote a job-rich recovery and build back better from the COVID-19 crisis. Opportunities are vast considering young people are more digitally-fluent, more entrepreneurial and, overall, more adaptable and agile. Young women and men are also particularly mobile with regards to searching and finding a job, within and across borders - for instance, young migrants make up more than 14 per cent of the overall 213.5 million working-age migrants, and constitute the bulk of annual migration movements. These are five policy priorities to promote a job-rich recovery and build back better with youth at its core: International assistance is critical: The lack of fiscal space accounts for the main constraint to effectively tackling the employment and economic damage of the pandemic in LDCs, therefore sustained international support is paramount. Protect the youth in and out of employment: Expanding social assistance beyond the formal economy, including provision of cash-transfers and in-kind necessities, to ensure those that have lost their job or earnings are able to avoid impoverishment. Youth employment strategies: Policies implemented by governments to support a job-rich recovery ought to focus on youth and establish a framework to support a decent employment creation strategy for young people. One immediate approach might be employment-intensive public employment programmes (PEPs), as well as providing subsidies to support those hard hit by the crisis. Infrastructural investment: Countries need to take a hard look and review their development strategies, targeting their investment in infrastructure, capacities and institutions (in particular in relation to ICT) to take advantage of employment opportunities for the youth within local and regional production systems. Invest in skills and entrepreneurship: Skills development systems need to be updated and tailored towards the growing demands of the global economy. With the expansion of internet connectivity, it is essential that young workers possess the required skills and expertise to harness the digital dividend. Above all, it is crucial that young, talented individuals entering and within the labour force are provided with opportunities to put forward IT-enabled grassroots innovations and entrepreneurship from emerging sectors, such as green and digital economy, as well as health and care services. Based on current demographic trends, one-in-five of the world’s youth will be born in an LDC by 2030. Policies that provide those young women and men with education, training, job opportunities and prospects for decent livelihoods will be essential to fostering a truly global recovery, advancing decent work and building a brighter future for all.  Author’s own calculations based on labour force surveys.  Author’s own calculations based on UN International Migration database. Interested in learning more about the COVID-19 induced health and labour market crisis in LDCs and recommended policy responses? Read the latest ILO publication here. This article is part of the Decent Jobs for Youth Blog Series: Youth Rights & Voices. The Blog Series highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young women and men in the world of work and discusses action-oriented policy responses and solutions. If you would like to comment or contribute, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The knowledge resources are clustered around ten thematic priorities to tackle the youth employment challenge.
Contribute to the Decent Jobs for Youth Knowledge Facility
Decent Jobs for Youth is the inclusive global initiative to scale up action and impact on youth employment under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The knowledge facility is a collaborative effort to support evidence-informed decision-making on youth employment with curated, state of the art knowledge from multiple partners.
To contribute, an organization must register to become a partner of Decent Jobs for Youth. Partners tap into a vast network of resources and convening power to create real and positive change for young people. By contributing knowledge resources, organizations will be recognized as a key contributing partners of the knowledge facility.
Partners may submit the following types of resources relevant to youth employment: publications, platforms, tools, blogs, videos, webinars and online courses, events, news, websites, databases as well as suggestions for smart search of external websites. Click here to download the Online Contribution Guide.