Boosting youth employment through public works

EMPLOYMENT Working Paper No. 203

This paper explores the role of public employment programmes in addressing some of the critical barriers young people face today in gaining meaningful skills and accessing decent work. It highlights the available evidence about the impact of these programmes on labour market and other outcomes of youth. It reviews national programmes across the globe and explores the extent to which the programmes directly benefit young women and men as well as key design and implementation features, from wage setting to alignment with other employment and social protection measures.