What we do for social policy
“Peace, economic dynamism, social justice, tolerance – all this and more, today and tomorrow, depends on tapping into the power of youth.”
Uzbekistan is at an important demographic juncture with 60% of population under 30 years of age. Over the next two decades, today’s large child and youth population will move into the labour force, making it the largest Uzbekistan has ever had. With the right investments now, today’s bulging youth population can be the generation that takes Uzbekistan to the next level of socio-economic development.
Alternatively, a failure to adequately invest in the well-being of today’s children and young people may lead to greater disenfranchisement and higher level of youth unemployment. This in turn could create a breeding ground for political and religious extremism and intensify labour emigration, thereby leading to a loss of the precious “demographic dividend”.
The way forward
The President and the Government of Uzbekistan are giving high priority to youth to ensure they can realize their full potential and contribute to the future prosperity of the country. UNICEF supports the Government in ensuring that ongoing reforms and initiatives reflect the rights, interests and aspirations of children and young people and that no young person is left behind.
UNICEF is co-leading the UN Task Team on Youth and the development of the UN Joint Programme on Youth. Given the alarming rate of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET Youth), the joint programme will focus on empowering and expanding opportunities of these young people.
In its programmes UNICEF aims to go beyond providing services to young people and to give young people agency, voice and opportunities for meaningful participation in social, political and economic life of society. In partnership with the Youth Union, UNICEF is amplifying the voices of all young people in policy- and decision-making through a youth survey on young people’s aspirations, needs and risks as well as U-Report, an innovative digital platform that enables real time consultation with young people on issues that affect their lives.
National study “Youth of Uzbekistan: aspirations, needs and risks”
The main objective of the national youth study is to collect data on the aspirations, needs and risks faced by the youth on issues that matter in their lives and for the realization of their rights. The findings of the study are intended to inform youth policy enhancement and its implementation, from the perspective of young people.
The targeted population is youth of 14-30 years old nationwide, including vulnerable groups.
Given the specificity of meaningfully involving young people in research, leading international experts in youth policy elaborated the methodology and tools in close collaboration with national partners, including the Youth Union, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Ministry of Public Education, and Ministry of Health.
U-Report, a digital youth engagement platform
YOUTH VOICE MATTERS!
U-Report is an innovative digital platform designed for youth engagement to strengthen community-led development and citizen engagement. It enables every young person to express her/his opinion on issues that matter in their lives, through participation in real-time weekly polls, and to be heard by the Government and other parties concerned.
U-Report in Uzbekistan is based on a global model that has been successfully deployed in 50 countries. In context of the project opinion polls through mobile phones and social media messengers are conducted weekly. Poll results can be accessed at the project website https://uzbekistan.ureport.in/.In
In Uzbekistan U-Report is a joint project of the Youth Union and UNICEF with support of UCell. It is also supported by the Senate of Oliy Majlis and the Ministry of Public Education.