Employment for Youth in Egypt (EYE)– Providing a Reason to Stay

The ILO project "Employment for Youth in Egypt (EYE)– Providing a Reason to Stay" is in line with the National Sustainable Development Strategy of 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goal (SGD) 8 as well. Also, the project highlights the importance of women participation in the job market.

Implementing partners: ILO (Lead agency), United Nations Industrial development Organisation (UNIDO), United Nations Development programme (UNDP)

Donor: United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS)

Geographical area of implementation: Egypt, Nile Delta region- (Qalyoubia and Menoufia governorates)

Project Background

There has been strong commitment from the government of Egypt to tackle unemployment in the country. However, the ongoing economic reforms and austerity measures have affected the lives of the Egyptian population, especially youth in Egypt.

Today and according to the Egyptian national statistics; youth aged between 15 – 29 represent 26.2 million of the population (almost more than one-quarter of the total population), among each four of them; one young man or women is unemployed (24.8%).These striking figures call for more fierce interventions to provide youth with employment opportunity, which is the main driving factor of the desire to irregular migrate.

It has become a national priority on the government’s agenda to tackle the challenges of youth employment and migration in Egypt and responding to the needs of its growing young population. The project Employment for youth in Egypt (EYE)– Providing a Reason to Stay is in line with the National Sustainable Development Strategy of 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goal (SGD) 8 as well. Also, the project highlights the importance of women participation in the job market.

Project Objectives

The project focuses on economic insecurity aiming to tackle the root causes of irregular migration, increasing decent employment opportunities for young women and men, especially vulnerable groups, and maximizing the role of the government and private sector in employment creation. In addition, the project will tackle social and environmental threats through an economic angle by aiming to promote social entrepreneurship, good agricultural practices and to raise local communities’ awareness on social and environmental threats while identifying and proposing sustainable solutions.

Project Strategy

Drawing on lessons learned from numerous ILO, UNDP and UNIDO youth employment initiatives in Egypt and in other countries, the project focuses on multi-dimensional interventions for youth employment integrating supply and demand side that enhance capacities and stimulate partnerships at the local level for employment creation.

A Human Security (HS) approach that promotes an integrated, coordinated and people-centred approach is essential to deal with the full complexity of the challenges faced by youth and to provide a comprehensive response to build an enabling environment as well as to alleviate the root causes of migration in Egypt.

During project implementation, the approach will be mainstreamed and customized to the local context, especially in the design and planning of community interventions and in promoting the human security approach. Also, a focus on the capacity development of youth will be given to create social business, special emphasis to addressing human insecurities and developing of integrated solutions. For instance, contributing to raising the awareness and participation of local institutions, youth platforms, non-governmental organisations to gain more knowledge on the different aspects of Human insecurity.

Target Beneficiaries

‘EYE: Providing a Reason to Stay’ is targeting young women and men in local communities that are prone and are at risk of irregular migration in the Nile Delta region (Qalyoubia and Menoufia governorates). The project is expected to benefit approximately 18,500 young women and men.

Project Outcomes

Outcome 1: Economic vulnerability of young women and men in migration-prone areas in Nile Delta is reduced through better and greater decent jobs opportunities.
Outcome 2: The active participation and engagement of young women and men in their communities are promoted, and youth better understand their potential and play active role in their society.