ILO Youth Employment Programme (YEP)

With its tripartite constituency and global alliances, the International Labour Organization (ILO) can be a catalyst for action on youth employment. At the national level, governments, along with employers’ and workers’ organizations, are major players in the development of youth employment policies and programmes.

The ILO Programme on Youth Employment (YEP) operates through a global network of specialists working in the technical departments across the ILO at its headquarters in Geneva and in more than 60 offices around the world. It provides assistance to countries in developing coherent and coordinated interventions on youth employment. Work in this area includes:

• data collection on the nature and dimensions of youth employment, unemployment and underemployment;
• analysis of the effectiveness of country policies and programmes on youth employment;
• policy advice to strengthen in-country labour market policies and programmes for youth employment and capacity building for    governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations;
• technical assistance in formulating and implementing national youth employment programmes that focus on employment-   intensive investment, skills development, youth entrepreneurship, access to finance and other targeted active labour market    measures;
• advocacy and awareness-raising activities to promote decent work for youth with a focus on employability, employment and    workers’ rights;
• strategic partnerships on youth employment through the promotion of cross-country and global peer networks, inter-agency    cooperation across United Nations and other international agencies, and collaboration between the private and public sectors    at the international, regional and national levels.

YouthSTATS was developed within the framework of Work4Youth Project, a partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. The project supports participating countries in bridging the knowledge gap of youth labour markets and youth employment policies and programmes that efficiently ease the transition of young people to decent work.

Understanding Children’s Work Programme (UCW)

The inter-agency programme, Understanding Children’s Work (UCW), was initiated by the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF and the World Bank as one of the responses to the recommendations of the Oslo and the Hague conferences on child labour. Through a variety of research activities, the UCW Programme supports the partner agencies in improving knowledge on child labour and youth employment in its various dimensions – its nature, extent, causes and consequences – as well as on what policy approaches are most effective in addressing it.

The Programme’s inter-agency configuration and technical orientation leave it uniquely placed to act as a platform for research cooperation, policy dialogue, partnership building and knowledge exchange in child labour, youth employment and related policy areas.

The Programme is comprised of five core components:

The Child labour and youth employment measurement component is aimed at improving the technical tools used to     measure, monitor and analyse child labour and youth employment.
• The Policy-oriented research component that focuses on research in policy areas where important knowledge gaps persist,     and in using this research for promoting policy dialogue.
• The Impact evaluation component forms part of a broader effort to develop a better understanding of the relative     effectiveness of    different programmatic approaches to child labour elimination
Country research activities involve direct collaboration with national counterparts to improve information on child labour and    youth employment, and provide a framework for improved inter-agency cooperation against child labour and to promote    employment  at the field level.
• The Research dissemination component is aimed at providing access to research outputs to as wide an audience as possible,     both inside and outside the UCW partner agencies, to help promote take-up in policy and programme development.