The report examines the opportunities and challenges of youth population growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This population growth is mirrored globally, where by 2030, it is estimated that 60% of the world population will live in cities and that 60% of these urban residents will be under the age of 18. MENA region has the youngest population in the world.
It is within this context that MENA governments at all levels must grapple with how to deal with what has been described as a demographic ‘’youth bulge’’. ‘’Youth Bulge’’ is defined as a high proportions of 15-29 year olds relative to the adult population.
This report recommends the development of proactive policies to improve youth employability, creation of adquate employment opportunities for youth, increased engagement of girls and women in programmes, and construction of accessible urban youth spaces.
Languages: English and Arabic