News, articles and events on youth employment

December 2011

  1. The MasterCard Foundation pledges US$14.6 million to create “Work4Youth”: Partnership with the ILO Youth Employment Programme

    14 December 2011

    New partnership will increase the global awareness of the challenges facing youth as they move from education to the world of work.

  2. ILO opens International Forum on “Employment, Youth and Democratic Governance”, calling for more and better jobs for young people

    13 December 2011

    At 14.4 per cent, the youth unemployment rate is double the general rate, and 60 per cent of young workers are in informal jobs. Eminent personalities are meeting in Lima to take part in the Forum.

  3. Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification in Bangladesh: The Case of Agro Food and Pharmaceuticals Workshops

    Workshops with representatives from relevant government and education institutions as well as employers' and workers' representatives from the respective sectors were organized in Dhaka in September and December 2011 to discuss and validate initial findings and promote skills dialogue among stakeholders.

  4. Cambodia's young people look for a brighter future

    02 December 2011

    Story of Yeth Chenda, 21-year-old Yeth CHenda recently found a job as a receptionist in a rural hotel in Kampot, Southern Cambodia, with the assistance of an International Labour Organization (ILO) job centre project

November 2011

  1. 15th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting – Special Session on "Youth Leaders Forum"

    This panel invited young leaders from across Asia, the Pacific and the Arab States to share their perspectives on how young people can effectively contribute to “Building a sustainable future with decent work”, the theme of the 15th APRM.

October 2011

  1. ILO warns of a generation “scarred” by a worsening global youth employment crisis

    19 October 2011

    The International Labour Organization (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.

  2. Decent work for Africa’s Youth

    10 October 2011

    Africa has the youngest population in the world: Young women and men represent the continent’s best hope for getting on a sustainable development path. However, youth unemployment rates are double adult unemployment rates for Africa as a whole – for North Africa they are even four times higher. ILO Online reports from Egypt where the ILO supports a pioneering project helping youth to find decent employment after leaving school.

September 2011

  1. Evaluation Clinic: Taqeem Fund for Evaluation in Youth Employment

    The Clinic will provide a venue for evaluation specialists to collaborate with youth employment and enterprise project teams from the Middle East and North Africa for the development of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) plans. The 4-day event will include a series of interactive “consultation” sessions, lectures from technology, data, and evaluation experts, and the launch of a series of innovative Monitoring&Evaluation systems. Collaborating with Youth and Employment Network (YEN)on the delivery of the Clinic will be Silatech, 3ie, the Middle East Youth Initiative, Innovations for Poverty Action and the World Bank.

August 2011

  1. Message by ILO Director-General on the occasion of International Youth Day

    11 August 2011

July 2011

  1. Young Timorese beautician is a cut above the rest

    29 July 2011

    Eugenia de Jesus Cardoso now runs a successful beauty salon in her hometown, in Maliana, her hometown in Timore-Leste. She gained the business and specialist skills she needed during a training programme run by the Timore-Leste Government and the ILO’s Youth Employment Promotion (YEP) programme. By Matt Crook for the ILO Liaison Office for Timor-Leste