|Overview : |
In Jordan, 67.78% of the population is under the age of 30 and young people, ages 15-29 , constitute 30.49% of the population.
Rural-urban migration is significant, as a result of economic imbalances between rural and urban regions. The unemployment rate among young people has reached high levels – up to 27% in 2008 and 2009. Unemployment among young people is more than twice the national unemployment rate. This leaves youth vulnerable to poverty, or failing to provide for their families.
Unemployment remained high at 13.1% in 2011 according to official figures, hence hovering around the same rates irrespective of the registered growth rates of the GDP. Youth, including the educated, are experiencing high unemployment rates, with those aged 20-29 making up nearly 61% of the total unemployed. In absolute numbers this is estimated at 105,000 unemployed youth in this age group, of which 43% are males and 63% are females.
UNDP has embarked on a series of developmental intervention with the youth sector in Jordan, through the Higher Council for Youth and the Youth and Sports Fund, to enhance participation of youth in political life and local governance, employability, voice and accountability. The outcomes of those projects are still evident and expandable. UNDP and its partners in the sector sensed the need explore further support in the sector to insure the sustainability of the achievements of the said projects and avail the youth sector the necessary tools to voice the concerns and priorities of this important societal group.
The Youth Fund and the Youth and Sports Council are finalizing the National Youth Strategy for 2014-2017, as the government is keen on achieving its objectives and is pledging its resources and urging development agencies to contribute to the implementation and constant reviews of this strategy, it is very timely for UNDP to engage in supporting the development of the youth sector at this time that Youth participation is becoming a pushing agenda item on the government priorities, and the synergy of efforts is assured through a strategic outline.
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