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African Economic Outlook 2012: North African Countries

The 2012 edition of the African Economic Outlook for North Africa provides statistical findings, analysis and recommendations on the economies and employment climate of each North African country, including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia.

African Development Bank, Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Breaking new ground: Partnerships for decent work for youth

This 5-page youth employment document created by the ILO provides a brief background to global youth unemployment and makes a case for broad-based partnerships to improve youth unemployment.

Youth Employment note prepared by the International Labour Office (ILO) Programme on Youth Employment for the February 2012 ECOSOC event on jobs for young people worldwide

Engineering Local Jobs: Electromechanical Trades in Morocco

— by David Beauchamp, Pawan G. Patil, and Ramakant Vempati.

This discussion paper created by Silatech and EMSI highlights areas where strategic investment in Morocco is likely to create jobs and lead to strong economic returns. It focuses on developing skilled human capital in areas such as engineering and electro-mechanical trades, which provide much of the work necessary to support newly built infrastructure.

Silatech and EMSI (2011)

Global Employment Trends for Youth, May 2012

The ILO Global Employment Trends for Youth 2012 report provides a macro-level view of the youth unemployment crisis and explores the current situation and the long term consequences of the youth jobs crisis around the world.

International Labour Organization

Global Employment Outlook September 2012: Bleak Labour Market Prospects for Youth

An ILO paper shows that the impact of the euro crisis is spreading as far afield as East Asia and Latin America, worsening the situation for many young jobseekers.

International Labour Organization 

The Youth Employment Crisis: Highlights of the 2012 ILC Report

This report, prepared by youth for the Youth Employment Forum (Geneva, 23–25 May 2012), is a summary of the 2012 ILC report titled, The Youth Employment Crisis: Time For Action. The report highlights trends and characteristics of the youth employment crisis; assesses national commitments made all over the world to youth employment and reviews progress made in each of the resolution’s policy areas; discusses the ILO’s support and some of the global partnerships forged for youth; and concludes the report with a set of key issues and lessons learned.

International Labour Organization

The Youth Employment Crisis: Time for Action

This report is the full 2012 ILC report mentioned in the previous publication, which explores trends and characteristics of the youth employment crisis; assesses the key issues and lessons learned of work policies for youth; discusses ILO’s support to youth employment and global partnerships; and a set of key lessons learned.

International Labour Office, International Labour Conference, 101st Session, 2012, Report V

Morocco: Promoting Youth Opportunities and Participation (May 2012)

This document is a quantitative and qualitative analytical study by the World Bank and Silatech, focusing on youth employment opportunities and participation in Morocco.  The goal of the document is to provide policy makers with a nuanced analysis of barriers to employment and active civic participation encountered by young people so as to tailor youth interventions more effectively.  In addition, it identifies a wide range of recommendations available to support youth inclusive activities and policies, and a roadmap for integrated youth investments.

The World Bank

Morocco: A Country Factsheet on Youth Employment

This two-page country fact sheet, published in 2011, provides of youth employment in Morocco.

2011 Governing Council

Building Stability through Economic Growth in the Maghreb.

To better understand the political and economic factors shaping transitions in the Maghreb (defined here as Morocco, Algeria, Libya, and Tunisia) and opportunities for spurring economic growth, the CSIS Middle East Program convened a half-day conference in Washington, D.C., on June 13, 2012.

CSIS. September 2012

The Silatech Index: Voices of Young Arabs (April 2011)

This fourth installment of The Silatech Index: Voices of Young Arabs charts Arab League members’ progress toward creating a better climate for job creation and entrepreneurship from 2009 to 2010. The findings, based on surveys conducted twice each year with more than 16,000 citizens aged 15 to 29, reveal strengths and challenges across the region and within Arab countries.

Silatech and Gallup Inc.

Summary Report: A Generation on the Move (Nov 2011)

In 2009, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut initiated a two-year research project with the support of the UNICEF Middle East & North Africa Regional Office. The project aimed to explore more deeply, and across many sectors, the sentiments, grievances, and aspirations of young men and women aged 15-24 throughout the MENA region. This document explores critical issues of Arab youth including participation, media, gender, and employment, and highlights areas for future research and intervention.

Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut; and UNICEF

Youth Employment: Breaking Gender Barriers for Young Women and Men (2008)

This document created by the ILO, focuses on the youth employment crisis, gender issues and employment and provides recommendations and lessons learned from effective gender focused employability programs.

International Labour Organization

Missed by the Boom, Hurt by the Bust:

Making Markets Work for Young People in the Middle East: An Agenda for Policy Reform and Greater Regional Cooperation

—By Navtej Dhillon, Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, Paul Dyer, Tarik Yousef, Amina Fahmy, and Mary Kraetsch

This report by the Middle East Youth Initiative cautions that a new jobs crisis may damage future prospects for the region's young people. For Middle Eastern economies, the global downturn coincides with a historically high share of 15- to 29-year-olds in the total population. This report shows that, even during the “boom” years of 2002 to 2008, young people in the Middle East did not benefit from high quality education and struggled to find decent jobs. Now, with labor markets already under pressure to generate employment for record numbers of graduates, the region faces a new set of challenges due to the global downturn and its effects on oil prices, exports, remittances, and foreign investment.

Middle East Youth Initiative, A Joint Project of the Dubai School of Government & the Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings. May 2009.