Resources on youth employment

  1. 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.

  2. Humaira Bachal: Empowering Young Women in Pakistan

    03 October 2014

    Humaira Bachal is a young activist for women education in Pakistan. She created the Dream Foundation Trust which earned her the “Women of Impact Award” in New York in 2013 making her an instant celebrity. In this interview she discusses her journey and the new trend of women and girls activism in her country.

  3. Unless you have people earning money, you don't have demand, says ILO Head

    24 September 2014

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder called on governments to work together "to start putting people back to work". Speaking on a panel at the Ford Foundation-ILO High level event, "Employment and Decent Work for Inclusive and Sustainable Development", Ryder also noted since young people are more likely to be unemployed than adults that apprenticeships were important to reduce the mismatch between what companies need and what education provides. The event included panels moderated by CNN's Richard Quest that included four Heads of State, the CEO of Coca Cola and the General Secretary of the ITUC.

  4. Apprenticeships bring skills to young Jordanians

    24 September 2014

    Jordan is a "young" country, with over 60 per cent of its population under 30. But Jordan's youth face the difficult task finding work, as more than half of them are unemployed. Part of the reason is a mismatch between what they learn at school and the skills needed in the labour market. A new programme by the ILO and the International Youth Foundation is trying to give Jordan's young people the skills they need to compete successfully for the jobs that are available.

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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)

  6. Ban Ki-moon: Decent work for youth backbone of development

    18 June 2014

    During his second visit to the ILO, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, defined youth unemployment as an "epidemic" which represents a great test of our time. Mr Ban also stressed how the global youth unemployment situation is intolerable, and called for an increasing collaboration and cooperation on employment and entrepreneurship for youth.

  7. 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.

  8. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC: "How we formalized the jobs of 12 million workers: A simple recipe"

    13 March 2014

    Sharan Burrow talks to the APYouthNet about some of the major progress of the trade Union movement to address the youth employment crisis.

  9. Rural areas: Job opportunities for youth?

    06 February 2014

    A young CEO, born and raised in the city, shares how he defied the odds and introduced 'farmping' to kick-start agri-tourism in rural Korea.

  10. Davos Debrief: The year ahead for Europe

    01 February 2014

    What lies ahead for Europe's recovery, post Davos? CNN's Richard Quest wants to know if there was more than just talk at Davos that will lead Europe to a more growth with jobs in 2014. ILO Director General Guy Ryder joins Urs Rohner of Credit Suisse, Jennifer Blanke of the World Economic Forum and Joseph Jimenez of Novartis in a lively debate about Europe's challenges.