ILO to hold a meeting on boosting youth employment through public works programme

An ILO knowledge sharing event with senior experts from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda and Zimbabwe to explore what works in youth employment in Africa.

Media advisory | 19 June 2015
ADDIS ABABA (ILO News) – With continued high levels of unemployment, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is convening, from 29-30 June 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, an interregional knowledge sharing event on how to boost youth employment through public works programmes.

The two-day regional event to be held at Capital Hotel in Addis Ababa will bring together senior policy makers, social partners and development actors to share good practices on how public works programmes could create quality jobs for young women and men in Africa.

Representatives from government, workers’ and employers’ organizations from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, The United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda, together with ILO experts and specialists from international and regional financial organizations will assess and review the potential of public works to address youth employment challenges.

The main objective is to deliver a set of recommendations for ILO constituents and development partners on the design and implementation of public works programmes that positively impact labour market outcomes of youth.

The Addis Ababa knowledge sharing event – co-organized by the ILO’s Regional Office for Africa, Youth Employment and Employment Intensive Investment Programmes – will also provide an opportunity to exchange knowledge and learn about effective, replicable, and scalable solutions to support African young women and men in the labour market.

There are nearly 75 million young men and women, aged 15 to 24, looking for a job, while informality and vulnerable employment remain the reality for most of those young people who do work. Most of African countries have experienced strong economic growth but the quantity and quality of jobs for youth remain a huge challenge.

For more information or interview requests, please contact the Regional office for Africa, Tel: +251 911 21 81 13, rahel@ilo.org , the ILO Department of Communication (communication@ilo.org Tel: +4122/799-7912).