The world is facing a worsening youth employment crisis: young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and almost 73 million youth worldwide are looking for work. Both for the creation and the quality of employment, local economic development strategies should actively be pro-employment bringing together all relevant actors, local authorities, social partners and other stakeholders involved at the territorial level. Labour intensive public investment and large scale infrastructure programs should be considered. Also included, there should be a wide range of action to facilitate the match between employment opportunities, emerging from the local context, and available education and vocational training.
UNDP Youth Strategy (2014-2017) also recognizes decent work and livelihood creation including through local economic development, as chief determinants in the socio-economic empowerment of youth. UNDP’s programming focuses on factors affecting labour demand and supply as well as on the policy environment conducive to job creation for young persons and improvements in the general quality of employment.