Rural Youth Employment [ID: 41]

Rural Youth Employment

Youth accounts for one out of every six people worldwide. Globally, millions of young people are bound to engage in agriculture. These young women and men will shape the future of the agriculture and rural development. Thus, addressing inclusive rural transformation entails bringing rural youth on board, empowering them to speak for themselves with their experiences and ideas, and creating the means for them to connect, share and develop solutions for the challenges they face.

The future of agriculture and rural development depends on the young generation. Throughout the world, however, being young and living in rural areas equals a twofold challenge as these young women and men face unique situations that stem from rural settings in form of infrastructure, social and economic institutions. Rural youth are more likely to be disproportionately affected by climate change, may have fewer opportunities to access information and opportunities for markets and they may also be more exposed to social structures and settings in rural areas.

Young people are a diverse group with varying needs, and “one size fits all” interventions may not go a long way to addressing the challenges they face. Donors and development practitioners need to actively engage youth, listen to them and create opportunities for the young women and men to participate in developing interventions and their implementation. Youth should not be a topic in the development world but rather a group that is actively and continuously engaged.

The move to developing programmes with youth - and not only for youth - will give donors a deeper understanding of the situation and needs of young people in rural areas. Also, inter-generational partnerships are crucial to create mutual respect for the experienced, but also give room for motivated and innovative youngsters to bring together innovation and reality. The Global Donor Platform’s Thematic Working Group on Rural Youth was started to promote meaningful youth engagement in all stages of donor initiatives in agriculture and rural development.

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The International Day of Youth

10 August 2021 | Rome, Italy

12 August 2021 is the International Day of Youth, celebrating the vital role of youth in food systems transformation. Youth accounts for one out of every six people worldwide, and millions of them are engaged in agriculture. The empowerment of youth should allow them to speak for themselves with their experiences and ideas, and creating the means for them to connect, share and develop solutions for the challenges they face.

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Independent Dialogue: African Youth as Drivers for Decent Job Creation in Sustainable Food Systems

30 June 2021 | Rome, Italy

On 30 June 2021, the Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Rural Youth Employment (RYE) organised an Independent Dialogue to the United Nation Food System Summit (UNFSS). The event was centred around two game-changing solutions proposed to the UNFSS by Nourishing Africa (launch of a coalition for youth in African Agriculture) and FAO (empowering youth as innovators and change makers for sustainable food systems), that were chosen based on their focus on youth as drivers for food system change.

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Towards More Inclusive Pathways of Structural Transformation for a Brighter Future of Work for Youth in Rural Areas (WEBINAR)

23 June 2021 | Rome, Italy

The Thematic Working Group on Rural Youth Employment organised a webinar on " Towards more inclusive pathways to structural transformation for a brighter future of work for youth in rural areas". Keynote speaker Bernd Müller from the ILO presented findings from his article on “Rural youth employment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Moving away from urban myths and towards structural policy solutions”.

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Events Rural Youth Employment [ID: 175]
2021
30. June
Platform | Wednesday, 30. June 2021 | Online, CET

Independent Food Systems Dialogue: “African youth as drivers for decent job creation in sustainable food systems”

The independent Food Systems Dialogue will highlight issues affecting rural youth and gather input for Game Changer solutions for decent jobs creation for rural youth in food systems. The Dialogue provides the opportunity to discuss with youth representatives from Africa, donors, development practitioners and public and private sector representatives their ideas to tackle specific challenges, and more importantly, share best practice experiences.

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2021
22. June
Platform | Tuesday, 22. June 2021 | Online, CET

Webinar: Towards More Inclusive Pathways of Structural Transformation for a Brighter Future of Work for Youth in Rural Areas

This webinar will explore the key (structural) policy issues related to transforming Africa’s rural economies and how this can result in more and better jobs for rural youth and particularly young women. It will look at the ways in which decent work can become a driver for inclusive transformation and a human-centred recovery.

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2019
20. November
Global | Wednesday, 20. November 2019 | Addis Ababa

Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment (YES!) Forum 2019

The Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment Forum (YES! Forum) is a featured event of the Global Entrepreneurship Week. For its second edition, the YES! Forum will be held on November 20 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a pre-event of the World Export Development Forum.

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2019
19. November
Global | Tuesday, 19. November 2019 | Addis Ababa

Rural youth and decent jobs creation in food systems

Secure your place for this exceptional side-event hosted by the Rural Youth Thematic Working Group of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development at the Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment (YES!) Forum 2019 in Addis – Ababa, Ethiopia

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Publications Rural Youth [ID: 189]

COMPENDIUM: DONOR ENGAGEMENT WITH RURAL YOUTH

The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development published a new comprehensive study that highlights current approaches, trends and remaining questions in donor engagement with rural youth.

INSIGHTS INTO YOUTH NETWORKS WORKING AROUND AGRICULTURE & RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

In 2019, the Global Donor Platform undertook a mapping exercise to identify youth networks in Africa. The assessment aimed at obtaining a clearer picture of how rural youth in Africa interact and voice their interests. The study also feeds into the work of the Platform’s Thematic Working Group on Rural Youth.

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