J-PAL commits to Decent Jobs for Youth, supporting evidence-based policies for youth employment

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) has pledged its commitment to the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth. Through the commitment, the J-PAL Labour Markets Sector will produce a series of J-PAL Policy Insights through December 2020 that focus on how to help young people succeed in the world of work.

This commitment recognizes the importance of evidence-based policies and programmes to help disadvantaged youth overcome barriers to employment, such as discrimination, matching their skill sets with the right jobs, and targeting the right support to entrepreneurs. J-PAL Policy Insights summarize research findings from rigorous impact evaluations that shed light on the most effective approaches, and remaining knowledge gaps, to solve these pressing challenges.

J-PAL is a global research centre based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of 171 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty. Through their research and policy engagement J-PAL builds partnerships with governments, NGOs, private sector firms, and others to share knowledge, scale up effective programs, and advance evidence-informed decision-making.

The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Decent Jobs for Youth was launched in 2016 as a UN system-wide effort, focusing on the youth employment challenge that is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It has emerged as a global, multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together governments, social partners, the private sector, youth and civil society organizations, and others. They work together to share knowledge, leverage resources and take action at country and regional level, to support young people in accessing decent work and productive employment worldwide.

The commitment by J-PAL will inform decision-making and action on thematic areas of quality apprenticeships, transitions to the formal economy and youth entrepreneurship and self-employment.

For more information, please contact:

  • Ms. Lisa Corsetto I Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) I lcorsetto@povertyactionlab.org

  • Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth I decentjobsforyouth@ilo.org


  • Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Cambridge, MA , United States of America

Published Date

23 May 2019