Resources on youth employment

  1. Boosting youth entrepreneurship in East Africa

    13 April 2015

    Over the past five years, the Youth to Youth Fund (Y2YF) has supported youth entrepreneurship at the community level across Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Local youth-led organizations have been awarded 149 grants to pilot and replicate innovative projects that help young people set up micro-enterprises in niche markets. The Fund is a scheme run by the Youth Employment Network, an interagency initiative of the ILO, the World Bank and the UN.

  2. Somali Voices: Ahmed Ali Adam

    25 November 2014

    Ahmed Ali Adam, a beneficiary of the project: "Youth for Change", tells his story. The Youth for Change is a joint initiative between ILO, UNDP and UNICEF. The programme, funded by the Government of Japan, provides young people with an opportunity for social rehabilitation and economic reintegration.

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    Youth Creating their Own Enterprises: The "Youth to Youth Fund”

    11 August 2014

    Across the African continent, more than 15 million young people are unemployed. Most of those who are working earn less than two US dollars a day. The ILO’s Youth to Youth Fund (Y2Y Fund) is a competitive grant scheme, which enables youth-led non-profit organizations to pilot and replicate innovative projects that create employment for young people by helping them set up micro-enterprises in niche markets. (Closed Captions available)

  4. Africa: Unemployment rate threatens social stability

    07 May 2014

    Despite signs of a rising economy, unemployment and underemployment rates remain huge in Africa. Speaking to CNBC at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2014, Aeneas Chuma, ILO's Regional Director for Africa, said the continent lacks a common approach to tackle the jobs crisis. Chuma also stressed the need to invest in growth which generates decent jobs, especially for young people.

  5. Francis Atwoli: “We need to create more sustainable jobs for youth in Africa”

    02 April 2014

    Africa needs more sustainable jobs for youth who represent the majority of African population, says Francis Atwoli, the newly elected president of African Trade Unions Unity (OATUU) and vice president of the global International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). In this interview, Atwoli gives his views about the role of unions in helping young workers in Africa. As Secretary General of the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU-Kenya), Atwoli also discusses workers’ complaints in his country.

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    Does investing in education pay off for African youth?

    12 March 2014

    In sub-Saharan Africa, a stable, well-paid job is often an impossible dream, even for educated young people, according to an ILO report.

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    Decent jobs for youth should be at the top of African Development agenda, says ILO

    03 December 2013

    Informality and vulnerable employment remain the reality for the vast majority of young workers in the region, says a new ILO report prepared for the Work4Youth Regional Conference that is taking place this week in Addis Ababa.

  8. Labour market transitions of young women and men in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Constituents from eight Sub-Saharan countries are to share and discuss the findings of school-to-work transition surveys (SWTS) conducted in their countries within the Work4Youth (W4Y) project.

  9. African Union: Job creation key to achieve prosperity

    17 June 2013

    Addressing the 102nd International Labour Conference, African Union Commission's Chair, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has echoed African leaders' vision that job creation is among the most important factors to achieve growth and prosperity. Dr. Dlamini Zuma also highlighted that Africa is a continent of young people and called for more investment to promote employment and the provision of entrepreneurial skills for youth.

  10. ILO Skills for Youth Employment and Rural Development Programme and the UNDAF (Zimbabwe) on a Joint mission

    Recently, an ILO mission comprising various stakeholders went to witness the launch and the handover of equipment and toolkits for youth skills and employment creation projects in Mutare by the Skills for Youth Employment and Rural Development programme.