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SAHWA Project Handbook on how to empower Arab Mediterranean youth through Education For Employment initiatives

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Tackling youth unemployment worldwide represents one of the biggest challenges of our time. Currently, two out of five young people are either unemployed or underemployed. In the Arab Mediterranean Countries (AMCs), in particular, millions of young men and women find themselves out of a job, with youth unemployment rates reaching 32% in 2014, more than doubling the global average of 14%.

While there are several factors behind such high levels of youth unemployment, including growing demographics, fast urbanisation, political, economic, and social trends, one that stands out is the fact that education, particularly in the AMCs, does not necessarily lead to employment.

Written by Ana Martiningui, Research and Communications Manager at Education For Employment Europe (EuropEFE) under the SAHWA Project, this Handbook aims to help address the AMCs’ youth unemployment crisis by providing some guidelines for practitioners working or wishing to work on youth unemployment in the region. It explores national and international initiatives and provides an overview of the labour market situation in Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia. It also includes a comprehensive, practical factbook and a directory of the main actors in education and employment in each country that can serve as a focal point for practitioners in these countries. You can read more here: