Mapping South-South Cooperation in the Arab States

Arab States

Knowledge Management Facility on Youth Employment and Migration and South-South Exchange

Friday, 26 June 2015 12:36 Written by 
  • Location(s): Egypt
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Employment, Migration, Youth Empowerment
  • SDG(s): 8. Decent Work and Economic, 10. Reduced Inequalities
  • Locations in the Arab States: Egypt
  • Types in the Arab States: Solution
  • Themes in the Arab States: Employment, Youth Empowerment
  • SDGs in the Arab States: 8. Decent Work and Economic, 10. Reduced Inequalities

The initiative was designed as a multi-country-pilot initiative aiming to economically and socially empower women living and/or affected by Human Immunity Virus (HIV) in the Arab States through micro-lending based Income Generating Activities (IGAs), Leadership and Vocational Training. 

The Knowledge Management Facility (KMF) is a knowledge sharing platform. It aims at organizing thematic and global workshops to share experience, lessons learnt and good practices on youth employment and migration across national partners including representatives of government and civil society, at national and local levels, and the participating UN agencies.

It is a instrument to support the implementation of the UN joint programmes through the thematic window on youth, employment and migration (YEM) of the UNDP-Spain Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F) that was launched in August 2007. The YEM thematic window consists of joint programmes being implemented in countries in Africa, Asia, South-East Europe and Latin America. 

It also aims at supporting the collection and dissemination of data, information and tools generated by the joint programmes as well as conducting research and studies on topics of common interest to the joint programmes.

The Knowledge Management Facility (KMF) has contributed to capacity building of policy makers, adaptation of national programmes of countries in the Global South on the effective implementation of policies on youth employment and migration, and draw on the lessons learnt from the different JPs. 

To foster a community of practice among the joint programmes, the KMF organized two training workshops, one in Budapest (Hungary) from 30 March to 1 April, 2011 and another in Lima (Peru) from 13 to 15 April, 2011 that have raised the interest from some participants to further cooperate with their peer countries and learn from their experience. During these workshops participants discussed the most challenging areas of work of the programmes and the lessons learned, and shared effective policy instruments and tools. In addition, a global workshop of the youth employment and migration window of the MDG-F was organized in Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) from 29 to 31 October 2012. It conveyed representatives of national teams from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Serbia, Tunisia and Turkey.

Due to the KMF a cooperation agreement between Ecuador and Peru has been signed in the field of youth migration. Another example of the South-South cooperation in the framework of the KMF is the exchange between Albania and Tunisia on youth employment policies and practices and application of stakeholder coordination methodologies.

Partners: ILO, national and local governments

Contact details: 
Gianni Rosas, Coordinator of the ILO Youth Employment Programme
Tel: +41 22 799 7019
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