IDRC joins the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

November 19, 2019

IDRC is committing its support to the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth to generate rigorous and novel evidence to inform youth employment policies in Africa.

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Mustafa Omar

IDRC is committing its support for rigorous and novel evidence as part of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, a worldwide alliance of United Nations organizations and many other partners committed to tackling the youth employment challenge. Developed under the leadership of the International Labour Organization (ILO), it is an effort to scale up country-level action related to the youth employment goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Our commitment will be featured and announced during the second edition of the Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment (YES) Forum on November 20, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

IDRC’s contribution of new knowledge and solutions comes through the research initiative Boosting Decent Employment for Africa’s Youth, implemented in partnership with the Dutch Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies and ILO. This research initiative — which involves more than 65 multidisciplinary researchers from 18 institutions — aims to study the impact of various innovative approaches to help youth develop soft skills and to support work-based learning programs and mentorship opportunities. It will facilitate learning and policy outreach for evidence-informed action.

This commitment recognizes the importance of locally grounded evidence and solution-focused methods to help youth overcome barriers to employment. The research will shed light on how soft skills development and work-based learning can boost economic opportunities for youth. It will also identify remaining knowledge gaps to solve the pressing youth employment challenge in Africa.

To receive news about Boosting Decent Employment for Africa’s Youth, contact eg@idrc.ca.