Inclusive societies and development

Youth Inclusion project - Jordan



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Youth development continues to be a high priority in Jordan. Adolescents (10-19 years) comprise nearly one fifth of Jordan’s population (SOWC 2015) while 68% are below the age of 30. Many Jordanian youth complete their education, yet the education is not translating into a high quality, full-time employment. To make a good school-to-work transition, young people need, in addition to quality education, the opportunities for civic engagement so that they are sufficiently prepared to effectively participate during adulthood.

The Government has been active in developing policies to promote youth employment. As the challenges are many and cut across several policy dimensions, measures should focus on both supply and demand, and be curative as well as preventative. Emphasis needs to be placed on education and training, job creation and entrepreneurship, inclusion of youth in the labour market and institutional reform. Learn more


Youth Inclusion project in Jordan focus studies:

Jordan Country Study




Assessment and recommendations (in Arabic)

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 Key issues affecting young people in Jordan



Project activities


Enhance services for youth to better tap the Republic of Moldova's youth dividend, says new OECD Development Centre study


With one-third of its population aged 14-35, Moldova is poised to benefit from a demographic dividend: better tapping the potential of its youth would boost productivity and strengthen sustainable growth. This can be done by investing in the provision of professional, local youth services, argues the new OECD Development Centre study titled Youth Well-Being Policy Review in MoldovaRead more

‌Jordan: Presentation of the Youth Well-being Policy Review of Jordan, 20 February 2018, Amman

‌The OECD Development Centre, together with the Jordanian Ministry of Youth, the Delegation of the European Union to Jordan and the UNESCO’s country office, organised an event in Amman to launch the Youth Well-being Policy Review of Jordan. The study presents a snapshot of the situation of young people in Jordan with a special focus on youth’s labour market situation and civic engagement.

‌‌Invest in youth to boost Jordan's economic and social development, says new OECD Development Centre study

With close to 70% of the population being below age 30, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a very youthful country. With such a large young population, investing in young people is not just a matter of rights; it is also a matter of smart social and economic development, according to the OECD Development Centre’s Youth Well-Being Policy Review in Jordan





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