A critical element of the global jobs crisis is the difficulty faced by young people in entering and remaining in the labor market. Young people are three times more likely than adults to be out of a job. According to ILO estimates, out of the total number of unemployed, about 75 million, or 40 per cent, are young people. If the estimated 152 million young people living on less than $ 1.25 a day are added to the number of unemployed youth, the number of youth in extremely vulnerable situations becomes 227 million.

A large number of organizations are working on practices/programmes¹ to tackle this crucial issue. These efforts could be strengthened through a strategic and methodological cooperation to enable the exchange of good practices that have proven effective in promoting decent work for young women and men.

For this reason, the ILO Youth Employment Programme launched the good practices on youth employment initiative, which seeks to identify, exchange and disseminate in the world, best practices that have proven effective in promoting decent work for and youth.

This Initiative has had two successful phases, a regional (2009) and a global (2012. In order to give continuity to these phases and in response to the request of ILO member states² , it was decided to launch a third phase, which will begin with the launch of a call for good practices on youth employment (open until April 15, 2013). People interested in presenting their practices are invited to complete the online registration form. Proposals will be evaluated based on six criteria: (i) relevance, (ii) effectiveness & impact; (iii) efficiency; (iv) sustainability; (v) innovation and (vi) replicability.

¹ The initiative will use the terms "programme" and "practice” interchangeably.
² The youth employment crisis: A call for action - Resolution and conclusions of the 101st Session of the International Labour Conference, Geneva, 2012.


To improve the implementation and impact of youth employment practices, in order to create more and better jobs for young people.


Due to the success of the Initiative, and in response to the request from Member States at the 101th Session of the International Labour Conference

The identification, through a call, of good practices that promote decent work for young people. The evaluation of the practices that meet the requirements and selection criteria.
The visibility provided to the selected best practices in order to avoid duplication of efforts and as an opportunity to be replicated. The recommendations developed by a group of experts on youth employment, which will help to strengthen and improve the impact of the practice.
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