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Youth at the Centre of Government Action

A Review of the Middle East and North Africa

Young people have demonstrated resilience to shocks and led positive change in their communities across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Young people (aged under 30) constitute more than half (55%) of the population across MENA, compared with 36% of the population across OECD countries. While challenges vary significantly across the region, youth unemployment rates are among the highest in the world, young people tend to express low trust in public institutions, and nearly four in ten live in fragile and conflicted-affected areas. The COVID-19 crisis has underscored the need to place the needs of young people at the centre of an inclusive and resilient recovery. To support this process, this report analyses current governance arrangements and practices across 10  MENA governments in three areas: 1) uniting all government stakeholders to implement a shared, integrated youth policy and deliver services to young people; 2) building administrative and institutional capacities to mainstream the perspectives of young people in policy making; and 3) encouraging the participation and representation of young people and youth stakeholders in public and political life.

Published on June 23, 2022

In series:OECD Public Governance Reviewsview more titles

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive Summary
Young people in MENA: Coming of age in a context of structural challenges and global trends
Uniting government stakeholders behind a joint strategy for young people
Ensuring public administrations deliver targeted policies and services for young people
Participation and representation of young people and youth stakeholders in public and political life
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