This report has been developed as an analytical contribution to the 2022 Regional High-Level Meeting on ‘Young People’s learning, skills and transition to decent work’ (Amman, 23-24 May 2022). The analytical work and the drafting of the final report have been conducted by Legacy Social Development Advisory.
Despite decades of interventions, MENA countries have not been successful at overcoming the barriers and bottlenecks hindering young people as they attempt to transition from education to decent work. Youth unemployment remains persistently high across the region and labour force participation remains low, especially among young women. Education and skills gaps remain; in some countries they have worsened. With few exceptions, private-sector reforms have not led to an enabling environment for businesses to grow, thrive and create enough decent jobs.