A critical element of the current global jobs crisis is the struggle faced by young people in entering and remaining in the labour market. Young people are three times more likely than adults to be out of a job. According to ILO estimates, a total of 600 million new jobs will need to be created in the next ten years to absorb the current number of 200 million people unemployed worldwide and the 40 million annual growth in the labour force.
Out of the total number of unemployed, about 75 million, or around 40 per cent, are young people. If the estimated 152 million young people living on less than USD 1.25 per day are added to the number of unemployed youth, the number of youth in extremely vulnerable situations becomes 227 million.
A large number of public, private and civil society organizations are working on programmes to tackle the youth employment challenge. These initiatives can be further reinforced through strategic partnerships and by exchanging experience and good practice.
In May 2012, the ILO Youth Employment Programme launched a call for nominations of good practices that have proven effective in promoting decent work for young people. All nominations were evaluated based on 6 specific criteria: (i) relevance, (ii) efficiency, (iii) coherence, (iv) innovation, (v) sustainability and (vi) replicability.
More than 100 good practices from over 50 countries in the 5 ILO regions participated in the initiative. The nominations were evaluated by 15 experts and 23 young people involved in youth employment related issues.