Samoa National Action Plan on Youth Employment (SNAPonYE)


Samoa is a small island nation located in the South West Pacific. With a population of 182,000, the Samoan Government has mainstreamed employment creation in its Strategy for Development (2012-16) and it has prioritized youth employment in the National Youth Policy (2011-15). Notwithstanding the economic and social progress, employment and more particularly youth unemployment (at a rate of 16.4%) and underemployment remain critical development challenges for Samoa.

The project under the ILO-Sida partnership aims to meet the Samoan job challenge by assisting the Government in the development of the Samoa National Action Plan on Youth Employment Project (SNAP on YE) that stresses job creation and social inclusion which in turn supports sustainable economic growth.

This Samoa National Action Plan on Youth Employment Project (SNAP on YE) builds on the existing ILO support to Samoa. It follows the ILO strategy in the area of Jobs and skills for youth by supporting the Government in strengthening national capacities for the formulation of the SNAP on YE including the review of the National Employment Strategy. The aim is to promote jobs and skills for young people including an enabling policy environment for entrepreneurs by reinforcing the constituents’ capacities and the coordination institutions, by building the capacity of youth stakeholders and organizations to better address the issue of youth employment and by supporting research into youth employment in the area of green jobs and identifying opportunities.

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