Promotion of Youth Employment in Fragile Settings

/Promotion of Youth Employment in Fragile Settings

The course Promotion of Youth Employment in Fragile Settings provides participants with a range of integrated approaches, tools and methodologies used in real-life cases to promote employment and decent work for youth in situations of conflict and disaster. The new ILO standard on “Employment and decent work for peace and resilience” and the ILO’s Flagship programme on “Jobs for peace and resilience” will be at the core of the course.

Target audience

The course is designed for policy makers and development practitioners working in contexts affected by fragility, conflict or disaster, with an interest in policies and strategies to promote youth employment and the creation of decent jobs for youth.

Background: why focus on the promotion of youth employment in fragile settings?

Since its foundation in 1919, the ILO has supported countries hit by conflict and disaster through a variety of policies and approaches and has gained practical experience and gathered many lessons and good practices from various interventions in situations of fragility, conflict and disaster. The ILO supports constituents and labour market actors to prevent, mitigate or recover from the impact of adverse shocks on employment and decent work.

Fragile countries or fragile areas within countries often lag behind in the achievement of internationally established development goals despite considerable efforts by national and international actors. Although fragility is experienced differently in different country contexts, a common trajectory appears to be the combination of high poverty rates with weak societal and state capacity to absorb the exogenous and endogenous shocks. According to the World Bank, two billion people live in countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence. By 2030, the share of global poor living in fragile and conflict-affected situations is projected to reach 46%, up from 17% today. 95% of refugees and internally-displaced live in developing countries, originating from the same 10 conflicts since 1991. Conflicts drive 80% of all humanitarian needs”.  Projections of the OECD show that over 1.6 billion people currently leave in fragile contexts. This population is anticipated to increase to 3 billion people by 2050.  A large proportion of these societies is composed of young persons.

Fragility occurs across a range of income groups and different levels of economic development. Of the 56 fragile contexts, 27 are low income, 25 are lower middle income, and 4 (Angola, Venezuela, Iraq and Libya) are upper middle income. Left unattended, fragility and its negative consequences can destabilize entire regions and have global repercussions, in developed and developing countries alike.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development identifies the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies and decent work and growth as key priorities. Leaving no one behind – a key aspiration of the Agenda – requires special attention to fragile and conflict-affected countries. At the same time, recent General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on the review of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture, adopted in April 2016, highlight the need for the entire United Nations system to work more closely together around the goal of sustaining peace.

The International Labour Conference adopted in June 2017 a new standard, the Recommendation number 205 on “Employment and Decent work for peace and resilience”, an innovative normative instrument providing guidance to member states, organizations and practitioners dealing with employment and decent work in fragile situations. The R205 provides a framework employment and decent work characterizing contemporary crisis situations arising from conflicts and disasters. It also widens the focus of the standard on reconstruction and recovery to include prevention and preparedness, in line with the sustaining peace agenda of the Secretary General. The recommendation recognizes the specific situations of young persons and invites Member states to provide them with income-generation opportunities and stable employment.


This training provides participants with a range of notions, methods and tools for the promotion of youth employment in fragile settings. By attending the course, participants will:

  • Have a better understanding of labour market challenges in countries affected by conflicts and disasters
  • Learn about the ILO’s response including the recently endorsed Recommendation No. 205 on “Employment and decent work for peace and resilience” and the Flagship Programme on “Jobs for peace and resilience”
  • Enhance their capacity to design, implement and evaluate effective strategies and programmes to promote employment and decent work for youth in fragile and disaster situations, by being exposed to concrete field experiences and real life examples
  • Have access to proven tools and methodologies for the Promotion of Youth Employment in Fragile Settings

Learning Process

The training Promotion of Youth Employment in Fragile Settings builds on ILO’s experience in the promotion and implementation of youth employment strategies and programmes in disaster and conflict affected situations. The course is structured in three parts. Initially, participants review the ILO’s framework to promote employment and decent work for peace and resilience. The second part focuses on practical experiences for the promotion of youth employment in situations of disaster and conflict. Finally, participants envision how to apply what learnt in their specific contexts.

Pricing and other practical information

The total cost is 2,180 Euros (tuition fee 1,580 Euros, subsistence costs 600 Euros). Tuition fees cover programme development, administrative support, office supplies, training materials, and emergency medical insurance; Participant subsistence covers bed & breakfast, two meals during participants’ stay and laundry.

Travel between the participant’s home and the course venue is not included.

A limited number of fellowships are available.

For information regarding payment, cancellation and refunds, please consult:

How to apply for the course Promotion of Youth Employment in Fragile Settings

To register for this course, candidates are invited to:
  • fill in and submit the on-line registration form available at this link:
  • send us a letter from their institution (or a donor organization) stating that it will cover the cost of the course and international travel.
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