Future Forward: Youth, Gender and Employability in the Arab World

Future Forward: Youth, Gender and Employability in the Arab World

February 12, 2013 at 10:02am

Today, we’re taking the pulse of one of the most vital populations of our global community – our young people. While young people are two to three times more likely to be unemployed than adult workers around the world, this problem is particularly acute in the Middle East.

Let’s take a look at the facts. In the Middle East and North Africa, youth employment is as high as 28%, and despite recent improvements in educational attainment and gender parity in education, more than 25 percent of employers in the region report the lack of skills among workers as a major constraint to business growth. The consequence has a serious impact both on our economy and our young people. Youth unemployment costs the Middle East and North Africa region nearly 7 percent of its annual GDP. And it leaves our young people ready to work, ready to be trained and ready to develop their skills… but left as a generation in waiting. Please stay tuned as we explore this important issue further in our upcoming articles.

To learn more, FHI 360, in collaboration with the Université Mohammed V-Agdal in Rabat, Morocco and with support from the GE Foundation, is pleased to announce the second in a series of symposia called Youth, Gender, and Employability in the Arab World: A Focus on Morocco. For more information on the symposium or to read more about youth, gender and employability in the region, please click here or join the virtual webcast live from the event here.

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