United Nations Sustainable Goal 8 Decent jobs for youth

decent jobs for youth

Southern Africa Youth Project contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development 8 goal, which aims to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent jobs for youth.

Partner with Southern Africa Youth Project to contribute towards this goal.

Why decent jobs for youth

30 million: Number of jobs required every year for new entrants to the labour market to keep up with the growth of the global working-age population.

Why decent jobs and economic growth?

  • Ending poverty is possible when youth gets stable and well-paying jobs. All over the world, nearly 2.2 billion people live below US$2 per day.

How many people are unemployed?

  • According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there is more than 204 million people are unemployed and not into education and training as of 2015.
  • Global unemployment increased from 170 million people in 2007 to nearly 02 million in 2012, of which about 75 million are young women and men.

How many jobs are needed?

  • It is estimated that 470 million jobs are needed globally for new entrants to the labour market between 2016 and 2030, to keep up with the growth of the global working-age population. That’s around 30 million per year.

If they all got a job, will poverty end?

  • In addition to decent jobs for youth, Southern Africa Youth Project contributes to the need to improve conditions for some 780 million women and men who are job seeking and working, but not earning enough to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
  • Also, women and girls must enjoy equal access to equal opportunities with men and boys for employment.
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I have a job. Why does this matter to me?

  • Society benefits when more people are productive and contributing to their country’s growth. Productive employment and “decent job” are critical elements to achieving fair globalization and poverty reduction. Also, unemployment can lead to unrest and disrupt peace if it is left not attended to.

What do decent jobs for youth mean?

  • A decent job for youth means opportunities for everyone to get a job that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration.
  • It is also essential that all women and men are given equal opportunities in the workplace.
  • A continued lack of job opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the underlying social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress.

What can Southern Africa Youth Project do to fix these issues?

decent jobs for youth
  • Providing youth, with the best youth development opportunity to transition to a decent job, education and training of the highest possible quality, providing youth with skills that match labour market demands, giving them
  • access to social protection and essential services regardless of their contract type, as well as levelling the playing field so that all aspiring youth can attain productive employment irrespective of their gender, income level or socioeconomic background.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project works with the governments and companies to build dynamic, sustainable, innovative and people-centred economies, promoting youth employment and women’s economic empowerment and decent job for all.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project works with local authorities and communities can renew and plan their cities and human settlements to foster community cohesion and personal security and to stimulate innovation and employment.
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