The programme targets three regions: the Sahel, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and the Horn of Africa.
- 26% youth unemployment;
- Most young people are fairly well-educated, but their knowledge is theoretical rather than practical;
- Relatively high unemployment rate for highly educated young people, especially highly educated women;
- Education and young people are too focused on careers in the public sector instead of the private sector;
- In Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, schools and the labour market suffer long-term disruption due to violence and conflict.