Developing countries face major challenges regarding the quality of available jobs for young people, hence the ILO’s engagement in promoting youth employment in Afghanistan. School-to-work transition surveys carried out by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 10 developing countries show that, on average, 8 out of 10 young workers are in informal employment, 6 out of 10 lack a stable employment contract and one-third are under-qualified for the work they do. In Afghanistan, the youth employment promotion challenge is further exacerbated by political volatility, fragmented education systems and weak labour market governance institutions.

The objective of the project is to strengthen the institutional capacity of ILO constituents and other ILO stakeholders in Afghanistan to tackle the youth employment promotion challenge through the adjustment of existing employment promotion policies and programmes in reflection of global good practice in countries affected by fragility.

Promoting Youth Employment in Afghanistan – duration and components of the project

The project has a duration of three years and will be financed under the ILO-Norwegian Partnership agreement. It will be facilitated by the International Training Centre of the ILO in close collaboration with the ILO Office in Kabul and technical specialists from the ILO Employment Policy and Enterprise departments. The project will explore a triangular development cooperation mechanism whereby selected capacity-building support interventions will be jointly implemented by the Centre and the V.V. Giri Institute in India.

The project has two components: with the aim of promoting youth employment in Afghanistan, the first global component evolves around capacity-building support for youth employment promotion policy planners and facilitators, while the second local component focuses on capacity-building support for policy implementers, with focus on entrepreneurship education and skills development targeted at young women and men.

In the context of the first component, the project will build and promote a global online community for knowledge management on the topic of job creation in fragile states. In addition, a one-year tailor-made training programme will start in early 2017 with a focus on promoting youth employment in Afghanistan.

More information on activities under this project can be found here (check regularly for updates):

Official opening ceremony – in Turin
Launch event
Tailor-made training activities at the local level
A Coaching Programme for Youth in Fragile Settings: A Training of Coaches

9-12 May 2017, New Delhi, India

coaching programme for youth


SIYB: Start and Improve Your Business – Training of Trainers

30 July – 10 August, Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

 SIYB Training of Trainers
Participation of policy-level stakeholders to capacity-building events
Anticipating and Matching Skills Needs Promoting youth employment in Afghanistan
Academy on Youth Employment Promoting youth employment in Afghanistan
 Macroeconomic Policies, Jobs, and Inclusive Growth  Promoting youth employment in Afghanistan