Youth employment

Young people globally are almost three times more likely to be unemployed as are adults. They are also particularly vulnerable to insecure and poorly paid jobs. This page summarises some of the key evidence around Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment.

DCED Synthesis Note: Youth employment

Synthesis Note: Youth Employment, DCED, 2018: This four page note summarises key research on how different private sector development approaches can assist young people. It includes three key take-aways:

  • Global unemployment, or employment in precarious jobs, is much higher for youth than for adults. Entrepreneurship promotion and skills training are considered more effective in alleviating youth unemployment than other interventions, and have led to significant benefits in some countries.
  • The current evidence suggests that wage subsidy and employment services interventions are, on average, ineffective.
  • Digital technologies have great potential in delivering training and financial services to youth, as well as offering new employment opportunities; they are however less likely to be accessible by rural youth.

Key overview documents


Training for youth in skills


Wage subsidies for youth


Support to youth entrepreneurship


ICTs for youth employment


Youth employment in conflict-affected areas

For more information, visit the DCED knowledge page on PSD in Conflict-Affected Environments.


Youth employment in agricultural and rural areas


Measuring the results of youth employment interventions


Other useful resources

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Bishwajit Paul, James Maiden/ MDF