MENA region

The programme targets three regions: the Sahel, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and the Horn of Africa.

MENA region

  • 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.