Inclusive societies and development

Youth Inclusion project - El Salvador



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Following the end of the civil war in 1992, El Salvador has undergone substantial economic, political, and social change. Young people aged 15-29, accounting for 28.58% of the total population in 2014, play a significant role in the development process of a country that is characterized by one of the highest crime rates in the world.

Despite the institutional and normative progresses made, insecurity, violence and gangs have become important social problems in El Salvador. Young people are at the centre of these phenomena, both as victims and perpetrators. This has led to the development of a series of programmes, projects and activities targeting youth. However, these interventions have limited scope and coverage. In addition, there is a lack of coordination among government entities hampering the development of comprehensive interventions that include several important areas for the development and well-being of youth, such as health, education, work, living conditions, etc.

In this context, a comprehensive and integrated approach is required to formulate effective youth-oriented policies and programmes that go beyond the issue of violence and insecurity.


Youth Inclusion project in El Salvador focus studies:

  • Reintegration of youth in conflict with the law

El Salvador Country Study



Assessment and recommendations

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Download Chapter 2/Annex (in Spanish)

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Key issues affecting young people in El Salvador

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Project activities

OECD Development Matters: Reducing violence in El Salvador: What it will take (Development Matters, 17 January 2018)

Launch of the Youth Well-being Policy Review of El Salvador, 16 November 2017, San Salvador

The OECD Development Centre, together with the Instituto Nacional de la Juventud (INJUVE), and the Secretaría Técnica y de Planificación organised a in San Salvador on Thursday 16th November 2017 to present the findings of the Youth Well-being Policy Review of El Salvador

Can a millennial mayor save one of the world’s most violent cities? (The Guardian, 18 October 2016)




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