Despite their demographic weight, young men and women in the MENA region are at a significant risk of being unemployed, they often express low trust in government and they face significant challenges in their transition to autonomy. In some countries, young people are also heavily affected by violent conflicts and displacement.
In line with the OECD Recommendation on Creating Better Opportunities for Young People (English/French), the MENA-OECD Governance Programme provides policy analysis and advice, bilateral technical support and a platform for regional dialogue among policy makers to support governments and public administrations in:
- uniting various governmental and non-governmental stakeholders behind a joint vision and strategy targeting young people;
- building administrative and institutional capacities to mainstream the perspectives of young people from different backgrounds in policymaking; and
- encouraging the participation and representation of young people and youth stakeholders in public and political life.
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The Programme also supports young people, youth organisations and youth-led initiatives. Take a look at the outcomes of the Local Youth Ambassadors Programme in Jordan and the Youth Policy Shapers Programme in Tunisia, implemented by the OECD in co-operation with the Ministry of Youth (Jordan) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Tunisia).