Entrepreneurship is the Pathway to Decent Work for Youth
Published on: 05.06.2017
Dear members of the Entrepreneurship Campus,
Every single idea and project submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is important because it aims at improving communities and tackles youth unemployment. Thank you for the support and motivation you give to each other and to your peers worldwide.
According to official data, over 50 percent of graduates in Africa are jobless, while half of the youngsters in the Asia-Pacific region are unemployed. The lack of jobs forces young man and women from all over the world to accept low wages and poor conditions. Referring to the data provided by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the youth employment challenge is complex and closely intertwined with economic development, child labor, rural livelihoods, urban and trans-border migration, gender, poverty, and vulnerability.
On the other hand, entrepreneurship is one of the pathways toward decent work. It provides more opportunities to young people for improving their economic and social future. Decent work is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), even though progress was made, higher levels of technology and innovation can encourage decent work. Therefore, women can find economic independence and escape slavery, and children will not be forced to work.
Being one of the 17SDGs, decent work is also one of the goals where many of the members of the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition are based when drafting their ideas and projects.
However, all the other goals of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are related to better working and living conditions. Employment gives hope to many people living in emerging and developing countries. Therefore, all your entries to the YCEC may be the starting point for successful startups and small business that will provide jobs and training to other people. Innovation not only provides solutions, it also offers equal chances for everyone.
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