Timely interventions directed at young people are more likely to yield a greater return for sustainable development than attempts to build these capacities later in the life cycle. Targeting youth, however, requires addressing the multidimensional barriers to inclusion they face. Of these obstacles, decent employment, education, health and civic participation are the most essential to their well-being. Some of the constraints they confront may be related to lack of opportunities, while others may be related to limited access to information and resources. Promoting youth inclusion makes good sense for progress. First, young people not only shape the present of any country, but they will also profoundly determine its future. Second, young people are at a stage in life characterized by a high capacity to learn and acquire skills and, in general, positive attitudes towards participation in society. Third, investing in young people has inter-generational benefits that can create powerful agents for change. Last but not least, the exclusion of youth from central societal sectors generates tremendous social and economic costs to the society and may even lead to social and political unrest.
The EU-OECD Youth Inclusion project looks to address all of these barriers and factors. The project aims to contribute to inclusive growth by supporting partner countries in better responding to the aspirations of young people as well as strengthening youth involvement in national development. It sheds light on the determinants of youth vulnerabilities and successful transitions, and enhance national capacities to design evidence-based policies that promote youth inclusion.
The project is articulated around three main areas of intervention:
development of an appropriate methodology to assess the factors affecting youth inclusion and to support the design of evidence-based national youth policies.
elaboration of relevant country level analyses on youth inclusion and provide adequate training to support the capacity of national stakeholders to engage effectively in youth policy dialogue and youth policy design and evaluation.
development of a set of recommendations and guidance to better address youth inclusion issues in national policies and in development cooperation activities.
The Youth Inclusion project includes the development of a Methodology - an analytical framework to assess the factors determining youth inclusion and to support the design of evidence-based national youth strategies. The Methodology will take into consideration the multiple dimensions of youth inclusion (i.e. demographic, economic, social, legal, cultural and political) as well as the financial, legal, administrative and institutional implications of policy choices.
Country-level implementation & Capacity building
Using the Methodology, the project team and national experts will carry out in-depth reviews in participating countries with a view to:
supporting national policy makers, youth organizations and other stakeholders in compiling and collecting data on youth and in using that data for policy design and analysis
facilitating national dialogue on youth inclusion in partner countries (involving national authorities, academics and youth representatives) that will contribute to the design of evidence-based policies and approaches.
Country reports will include a multi-dimensional diagnosis of youth situation, youth-specific policy reviews and policy recommendations. The review process will be accompanied by training on policy design and impact evaluation. The aim is to strengthen the capacity of national stakeholders to understand the multiple dimensions of youth inclusion and design appropriate policies.
Based on the results of the country-level implementation, the project team will finalize and publish the Methodology in the form of a practical toolkit for developing and emerging economies to improve their national youth policies. The team will also develop a set of recommendations for the EU and other development cooperation agencies on how to better support youth inclusion.