Inclusive societies and development

Jordan: Presentation of the Youth Well-being Policy Review of Jordan, 20 February 2018, Amman



The OECD Development Centre, together with the Jordanian Ministry of Youth, the Delegation of the European Union to Jordan and the UNESCO’s country office, organised an event in Amman to launch the Youth Well-being Policy Review of Jordan. The study presents a snapshot of the situation of young people in Jordan with a special focus on youth’s labour market situation and civic engagement.

The event was opened by welcoming remarks by H.E. Mr. Haditha Al Khreisha, former Minister of Youth, and Mr Jacob Arts, Attaché and Programme Manager of Education and Youth at the European Union Delegation in Jordan. The Youth Minister expressed his sincere appreciation to the efforts made by the OECD Development Centre in developing the study and for its active contribution in integrating young people. Likewise, Mr Arts highlighted the engagement of the EU towards the priorities of the National Youth Strategy of Jordan.

Mr Ian Brand-Weiner, Policy Analyst at the OECD Development Centre, presented the main findings, conclusions and recommendations of the review and emphasized the importance of investing in youth to boost Jordan’s economic and social development. “Youth is a formidable asset for Jordan’s economy. But it will take new policy action to fully tap its potential and turn it into sustainable economic and social gains.” said Mr Brand-Weiner.

A panel discussion on “Youth policies, institutions and youth strategies in Jordan”. The objective of the panel discussion was to exchange and reflect on the status-quo of youth policies and institutions in Jordan, their evolution, challenges in anchoring youth topics in the policy agenda and involving youth in the policy making processes; the panel discussed. The panel critically reflected the lacking stability within the youth policy framework and insufficient actions to implement the priorities set out in political discourses. The panel discussed in great length the policy recommendations provided in the study and the actions the government should take.

Over 80 representatives from ministries, youth organisations, UN agencies, development co-operation agencies, NGOs and Civil Society Organisation participating in the event. Participants recognised the importance of co-ordination between, government, non-governmental actors and youth to leverage promising initiatives, as well as the need to improve the government’s communication and engagement with vulnerable youth.


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