North Africa was hard-hit by high levels of youth unemployment, low female labour force participation, compromised job quality, increasing informality and, slow productivity and underemployment. Yet, countries have been able to move past emergency and short-term responses to undertake substantial reforms in favour of a more inclusive and job-rich growth. Under the theme “Scale up actions for youth employment”, the two-day conference will address the most pressing issues of Youth and Decent Work in North Africa.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Government of Morocco, the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development (AFESD), and the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) will co-host a high-level conference in Marrakesh, January 29–30, 2018. The conference aims to move the dial on discussions on inclusive growth in the Arab world from endorsement to execution.
Participatory Action Research (PAR) engages people in communities as agents of change. Traditionally, development project ‘beneficiaries’ have rarely been included in researching issues, finding solutions, designing indicators or measuring change. PAR provides a way of changing this, offering an inclusive community-driven approach to development. It is also an effective way of building participatory learning into organisations supporting development and social change.
In 2015, global leaders committed to ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. Yet this Sustainable Development Goal on education (SDG4) cannot be achieved without greater accountability for all those involved – governments, schools, teachers, parents, students, civil society, the international community and the private sector.
Developing countries are faced with the challenges of poverty reduction, access to care, schooling for all, and inadequate socio-economic infrastructure, despite the many advances of recent years. Such countries, however, have a young population and abound in major economic potential.
The IDP Living Standards and Livelihoods Project is helping to improve the living conditions and economic self-reliance of the most vulnerable populations in Azerbaijan.