The OECD Development Centre, together with the Instituto Nacional de la Juventud (INJUVE), and the Secretaría Técnica y de Planificación organised an event in San Salvador on Thursday 16th November 2017 to present the findings of the Youth Well-being Policy Review of El Salvador. The event was attended by more than 50 people. The meeting was opened by welcoming and introductory remarks by Mr Juan Meléndez, of the Secretaría Técnica y Planificación de la Presidencia; Ms Yeymi Muñoz,Director of the INJUVE, Ms Alicia Louro, Cooperation Section of the European Union Delegation to El Salvador; and Mr Ian Brand-Weiner, of the OECD Development Centre.
During his presentation, Mr Brand-Weiner highlighted El Salvador’s progress, especially in education and opening spaces for civic participation. But young Salvadorans still face multiple challenges, especially in accessing decent jobs: 26.8% are neither in employment education or training, one of the highest rates in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition many of the working youth receive low wages and work in precarious positions, 73.2% of Salvadoran youth worked informally. The rampant violence in the country magnifies these challenges. Improving young people’s well-being requires reducing the level of violence by tackling its root causes as well as granting second chances to youth in conflict with the law.
The Youth Well-being Policy Review of El Salvador study is part of the OECD Development Centre’s Youth Inclusion Project, co-financed by the European Union. The analysis uses a multidimensional approach to look at various dimensions of well-being affecting young people and gives recommendations for the formulation of public policies in favour of youth and for government action.
A panel on juvenile justice in El Salvador and the reintegration of young people in conflict with the law discussed the necessary conditions to reduce the attraction of gangs, how youth’s civic participation can contribute to reintegration and prevention and the importance of social support networks. All participants welcomed the findings of the study and discussed the implications for youth policies in El Salvador. The study will be disseminated nationwide and among officials and representatives of civil society.
Agenda of the event (in Spanish) >
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