A seminar entitled “Overcoming youth unemployment in Egypt” was held on Sunday, October 20th at the American University in Cairo’s Tahrir Campus. The seminar was jointly organized by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and was made possible with the support of Allianz Egypt.
The panelists for this seminar included visiting researcher, Bruno Crépon, Affiliated Professor at J-PAL, Researcher at Centre de Recherche en Économie et Statistique (CREST), Dr. Mohamed Abdulrahman, Head of the Central Department of Employment and Labor Market Information at the Ministry of Manpower; Hana Yoshimoto, Chief of Education at UNICEF Egypt and Dr. Manal Gamal, the General Manager of Youth Projects at the Central Administration of Youth Projects and Training.
The seminar marked the launch of a four-part ‘Global Evidence for Egypt’ series; a product of the UNICEF and the J-PAL/AUC Initiative partnership.
As part of this partnership, UNICEF and J-PAL bring together Egyptian policymakers and leading J-PAL affiliated researchers to discuss pertinent policy issues that affect children and adolescents in Egypt. Researchers focus on the issues from a global research perspective and then offer evidence-informed solutions to address these issues in the Egyptian context.
Panelists discussed the main challenges facing youth in the job market in Egypt and around the world and working with youth in Egypt to nurture core skills that are essential for employability and entrepreneurship. Global evidence was presented in the form of evaluations conducted in Ethiopia, South Africa, Jordan, and Egypt to assess supply and demand-side interventions addressing challenges such as the high cost of job search, lack of information about job applicants, and poor matches between job-seekers and employers.
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