Islands Business, 1 September 2014 - A new United Nations report released in Apia Saturday has reiterated the vulnerabilities of women, youth, the elderly and people living with disabilities to rising level of poverty in the Pacific.
Sun Star, 31 August 2014 - FOR real growth to have an impact on poverty, a senator believes only the creation of more jobs and businesses can bring about drastic changes to the lives of the poor.
Live News, 28 August 2014 - When Beatriz de Santos dropped out of school to take care of her seven siblings, she thought that this was the end of her education and dreams of a better life.
This report presents the results of the School-to-work transition surveys (SWTS) implemented in five countries in the Asia-Pacific region – Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Samoa and Viet Nam – in 2012 or 2013. The indicators resulting from the surveys and analysed in this report provide a much more detailed picture of the youth in the labour market in a part of the world where labour market information is sparse and sporadic. Results show that unemployment of young people remains a matter of concern, especially among those with higher education, but that issues relating to the quality of work available to young people are of even greater relevance to the design and implementation of policy interventions.
The alarming rise of youth unemployment rates following the recent economic turmoil has challenged national as well as European labour market policies. Against this background, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has commissioned the study from the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. Its aims are to survey the development of youth unemployment in Europe, to identify the relevant institutional and economic drivers and to discuss the necessary courses of action to achieve a better integration of young adults into the labour market. While the study covers the perspective of the EU member states as a whole, it strongly focusses on southern European countries, which are especially suffering from the current youth unemployment crisis. Its core part is comprised of three country reports which detail the situation in Italy, Spain and Portugal, and review current and potential future policy initiatives that could help in reducing youth unemployment.
Key findings of the report suggest that in East and South-East Asia, youth have yet to become equal participants in political processes compared to the older cohorts, and have yet to fully realize their potential role as democratic citizens. Recommendations for those engaged in policy-making and programming for engaging youth meaningfully in the political arena include opening up new spaces and opportunities for youth political involvement; developing the requisite skills and competences among young people needed for their effective participation; and enhancing youth-specific research and data analysis with respect to issues of democratic citizenship. The policy entry points suggested in the report should be further developed within the contexts of various societies, ideally in a participatory manner that includes young people themselves.
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