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Unemployment Among Young Adults: Exploring Employer-Led Solutions

Younger workers consistently experience higher unemployment and less job stability than older workers. Yet the dramatic deterioration in employment outcomes among younger workers during and since the Great Recession creates new urgency about developing more effective bridges into full-time employment for young people, especially those with less than a bachelor’s degree.

Putting Youth Employment at the Heart of Growth

The demographic divide is stark: while industrial nations are aging, the face of the developing world is overwhelmingly young. In Africa for example, nearly 70% of the population is under the age of 30. Tapping the potential of this emerging generation is a critical challenge. According to the International Labour Organization, two-thirds of working-age youth in some developing countries are either unemployed or trapped in low-quality jobs. 

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Report

What Youth Want: A Guide for Policy Makers

In this review of 25 statements from youth summits and consultations globally, as well as 11 national and regional youth polls, we hear some priorities we expect: youth want jobs, the chance to start their own businesses, and high-quality relevant education.

But we also see that young people everywhere are increasingly concerned about issues of governance, corruption, and both regional and national security.

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Toolkit

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Video: Markus Goldstein Discusses Adolescent Girls' Empowerment

Watch Markus Goldstein, Senior Economist at the World Bank, speak about an adolescent girls' empowerment project in Uganda implemented by BRAC and the World Bank. The project focuses on providing four key elements: a safe social space for girls, life skills training, vocational training, and access to microfinance. In this video interview, Goldstein shares the promising results of rigorous impact evaluations that found that girls in the program are working more, earning more, and are 75 percent less likely to have had sex against their will.

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Youth and skills: Putting education to work

With just three years to go until the deadline for the Education for All goals that were set in Dakar, Senegal, it is vitally urgent to ensure that the collective commitments made by 164 countries in 2000 are met. Lessons also need to be drawn to inform the definition of future international education goals and the design of mechanisms to make sure that all partners live up to their promises.

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Report