Youth unemployment is a problem that has reached crisis dimensions in the Middle East and North Africa, and a phenomenon of worrying magnitude almost everywhere else. Yet employment, writ large, has always been a primary concern of governments: fifty years ago, a survey of economic policies in nine Western countries put “full employment” at the top of the list of objectives. Governments have never had an easy time creating jobs; traditional policy instruments have always been quite limited and today’s political, environmental, and economic context makes it harder.
What is the role of mobile tech in improving youth livelihoods in the Middle East? In this webinar, Jacob Korenblum, CEO of Souktel, shares lessons learned from years of improving youth livelihoods with mobile technology.
The Youth Employment Network (YEN) is pleased to announce the winners of the Project Impact Lessons From the Field contest. Click on the project to view the Smart Notes from our winners to see how they made a difference to youth employment and business within their community.
mEducation Alliance, USAID, Mastercard Foundation, Plan International
Youth make up 17 percent of the world’s population and 40 percent of the world’s unemployed, according to the International Labor Organization. A number of factors combine to make sustainable, decent employment an enormous challenge for youth the world over, including low levels of education and technical skills, slow job growth, lack of information about available jobs, and difficulties accessing financial capital to start small enterprises.