Title: The future of work dialogues for young people in fragile states (Liberia and Sierra Leone)

Dates: 28/29 September 2016

Venue: Freetown, Sierra Leone


The ILO has emphasized that work is young people’s link to reality and that when that link is damaged through unemployment or bad working conditions, the consequences are serious, and in the long-term devastating.

The prospects of decent work for young people in fragile states are limited. Weak investment climates, frail labour institutions and security challenges, amongst others, hamper fragile states’ capacity to ensure their young populations find good quality jobs. The ILO addresses these issues by supporting governments and social partners in the design of youth employment policies and the implementation of effective skills and enterprise development programmes. What is less discussed is how the evolving ways in which work and production are organized in an increasingly globalized economy affect the employment opportunities of young people in fragile states. The traditional model of enterprises as producers of goods and services through the direct employment of a workforce on a stable basis, is less and less valid.

Against this backdrop, the dialogue will look at the employment challenges of young people in sectors of high relevance to fragile states and characterized by evolving forms of work and production, in order to define commonalities that can inform action.

The Dialogue on The Future of Work for Young People in Fragile States is a joint activity of the ILO Country Offi ce Abuja, the International Training Centre of the ILO, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Sierra Leone and the Ministry of Labour of Liberia with the support of the G7+, organised within the framework of the ILO Future of Work Centenary Initiative and linked to the ILO Flagship Programme on Jobs for Peace and Resilience.

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