Egyptian Policy Lab on Youth Employment

The Policy Lab provided a platform for youth serving organizations, policy makers, academics, researchers, international organizations and the private sector to collaborate on strengthening evidence-based policies in the field of youth employment in Egypt.

The Egyptian Policy Lab brought together 22 actors working in the area of youth employment policy making and programming to discuss the challenges and opportunities to strengthen evidence based decision making in the field of youth employment in Egypt. The Policy Lab was held in Amman, Jordan, on 30 April 2015 and was co-sponsored and hosted by Silatech in the context of the Arab Youth Employment conference.

The Policy Lab came in the context of the Taqeem Fund for Evaluation in Youth Employment, a technical cooperation programme of the International Labour Organization (ILO), that aims to improve labour market outcomes of young people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by strengthening evidence-based programming and policymaking. The Policy Lab was organized by the ILO in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a member of the Taqeem Council – an advisory body of research institutions working on youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa .

The Policy Lab was conceptualized as the starting point of Taqeem’s policy engagement work to support the Government of Egypt and partners in designing and implementing integrated employment policy responses, drawing on the evidence base from rigorous evaluation of youth employment programmes.