Youth employment

The world is facing a worsening youth employment crisis: young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and almost 73 million youth worldwide are looking for work. The ILO has warned of a “scarred” generation of young workers facing a dangerous mix of high unemployment, increased inactivity and precarious work in developed countries, as well as persistently high working poverty in the developing world.

The ILO's programme on youth employment operates through a global network of technical teams at its headquarters in Geneva and in more than 60 offices around the world. It provides assistance to countries in developing coherent and coordinated interventions on youth employment. This integrated approach combines macro-economic policies and targeted measures which address labour demand and supply, as well as the quantity and quality of employment.

Latest

  1. © Alex Berger 2015

    2030 Development Agenda

    Zambia: Four for the price of one

    31 August 2015

    A new ILO-FAO agricultural employment project underway in Zambia aims to create 3000 additional decent jobs for rural youth, increase their incomes and tackle nutritional deficiencies. In so doing, it works towards four of the new sustainable development goals.

  2. Web page

    ILO and J-PAL Executive Education Course Description

    27 August 2015

    Hosted by Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and International Labour Organization

  3. Meeting document

    ILO and J-PAL Executive Education Course 2015, Agenda

    27 August 2015

    Hosted by Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and International Labour Organization

Key resources

  1. Youth employment crisis: ILO call for action

    In June 2012, the ILO adopted a Resolution calling for immediate, targeted and renewed action to tackle the youth employment crisis. The resolution provides a portfolio of tested measures in five areas: macro-economic policies, employability, labour market policies, youth entrepreneurship and rights.

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  1. Decent Work 4 Youth Platform

    Interactive on-line platform to engage young people and find solutions to the youth employment crisis.

Events

  1. Event

    ILO and J-PAL Executive Education Course, Cairo 2015

    18 - 22 October 2015

    Hosted by Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and International Labour Organization