Meet 3 young leaders tackling youth unemployment


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Globally, unemployment is hitting young people the hardest. The ILO estimates that youth unemployment rates are 300 percent higher than unemployment rates for adults over 25 years old, and higher than unemployment among any other age group. To add to this, many youth are also not enrolled in education or training. 
But young people are not standing by and waiting for opportunities to come their way. Many of them are actively engaged in tackling the challenge—not just for themselves but for youth in their communities too.
We interviewed three youth leaders from the Solutions for Youth Employment Youth Advisory Group who are tackling youth unemployment challenges in their own countries:

  • Federico Silva, a Mozambican social entrepreneur, develops technical solutions for social and economic development. He started an online job portal to connect informal workers to the market; 

  • Anna Bethune co-founded a non-profit that offers civic coding bootcamps to high school girls in Chicago and Jamaica; and 

  • Gulcan Yayla is the Co-Founder of Kodluyoruz (We Code) a social enterprise working to make Turkey a worldwide talent hub for the technology sector while addressing the youth unemployment and underemployment problems.

Listen to the interview to find out more about these motivated youth and their work to address youth unemployment!


Sonia Madhvani

Program Officer, Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice

Timothy Clay

Consultant, Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice

Join the Conversation

February 10, 2020

Very vital coming on board with initiative programs to solve unemployment regarding the youth ..

February 10, 2020

I would like to note that to eliminate unemployment due to small financing, we need to attract people to work. Including: Creation of agriculture, poultry and livestock in areas where people are most inclined. As these areas develop, it is necessary to build an agricultural economy. It all starts here. construction, trade, manufacturing, business, national economy, industrial equipment and much more. A hardworking person knows the value of his work and is moving towards development. To do this, you need to create a new body to help hardworking people. This institution can be created in branches of the World Bank. If you are interested in this, we can implement this project in our country as an experiment.

Shamsu Lawan
February 10, 2020

Our youths need a capital to utilize their own skills and vocational activities.

Abdul Rahman
February 10, 2020

The youth in Indonesia are actively creating new rather than waiting the government to provide jobs using IT for the development of local private businesses.

Sunil Nawaratne
February 10, 2020

It's a timely topic and I am keen to contribute to this research project. I am from Sri Lanka and I was the Chairman / DG of National Youth Services Council (NYSC) of Sri Lanka form 1996 to 2000 which I have introduced many innovative projects for Youth.

Jignesh Desai
February 10, 2020

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Paul Tombe
February 10, 2020

Another underlying factors include:
1. little investment in innovative ideas that can take or employ big numbers of youths.
2. many trained youths whose professionals does not go with the job markets
3. little investment in un-tapped resources that once easily create job opportunities to youths

Thérèse Delamou
February 10, 2020

i would like to particiapate