Useful Resources


Selected ILO links (presented by alphabetical order)
Title Description Location
Bureau for Employers' Organisations As one of the three constituents of the International Labour Organisation, employers' organisations have a special relationship with the Organisation. The ILO's Bureau for Employers' Organisations is responsible for the nurturing and development of that relationship.


Cinterfor This web site is in Spanish. CINTERFOR is the ILO interamerican research and documentation center on vocational training. Its work on youth employment aims to bring visibility to the efforts of relevant national regional actors in the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of labour market projects, programmes and policies directed toward young people. Link
Crisis Responses and Reconstruction for Youth The usual disadvantages faced by young people in normal times are only compounded in crises. Youth are often first to be laid off and last to find new opportunities. This produces idleness and frustration, and forces many to resort to subsistence work in the informal sector. In turn, these circumstances can lead to psychological problems and social exclusion. ILO/CRISIS addresses their concerns with special tools. A traditional focus has been youth in armed conflicts, but the programme has also recently worked with those in economic crises and difficult social and political transitions Link
Gender Equality The primary goal of the ILO is to promote opportunities for women and men, including youth, to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. The ILO has a two-pronged approach toward promoting gender equality. First, all policies, programmes and activities aim to systematically and formally address the specific and often different concerns of both women and men, including women's practical and strategic gender needs. Second, targeted interventions - based on analysis that takes into account these concerns and needs - aim to enable women and men to participate in, and benefit equally from, development efforts. Link
International Labour Standards Since 1919, the ILO has maintained and developed a system of international labour standards aimed at promoting opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity. In today's globalized economy, international labour standards are an essential component in the international framework for ensuring that the growth of the global economy provides benefits to all. International Labour Standards consist of Conventions and Recommendations. International labour Conventions are international treaties, subject to ratification by ILO member States. Recommendations are non-binding instruments that set out guidelines helping to orient national policy and action. Link
Skills Development for Youth Skills development for youth is one of the main work themes of the ILO Skills and Employability Department (EMP/SKILLS). It focuses on training and employment promotion strategies to support the integration of young people into the labour market. Technical cooperation activities are implemented to strenghten the capacity of government institutions and the social partners to help the working poor and other vulnerable groups acquire the basic and technical skills they need for wage and self-employment, with a particular focus on unemployed and underemployed youth. Link
Youth Employment Programme The ILO's Youth Employment Programme operates through a global network of technical specialists at the headquarters and in the field offices around the world. The core functions of the Programme revolve around the three pillars of ILO's Plan of Action to promote pathways to decent work for youth which was adopted by the International Labour Conference in June 2005. These pillars are: 1. Building knowledge; 2. Advocacy and promotional activities; and 3. Technical assistance to governments, employers' and workers' organizations in member States. Link
Youth Entrepreneurship The Job Creation and Enterprise Development Programme is dedicated to unlocking the enormous potential of enterprises to create decent, long-lasting jobs. Decent work can only exist in competitive, productive, and economically viable firms. Promoting entrepreneurship and enterprise creation is regarded as one way of increasing youth employment, which in turn contributes towards alleviating the vicious circle of poverty and social exclusion. Link


Other selected links (presented by alphabetical order)
Title Description Location
Council of Europe Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals. The Council of Europe’s main goals for young people are: (1) to encourage young people to play an active role in strengthening civil society in Europe and (2) to promote and develop youth policies in Europe, with special emphasis on youth participation. Link
Development Gateway Foundation Development Gateway Foundation is an international non-profit organization with the mission to reduce poverty and enable change in developing countries through information technology. To this end, DGF provides web-based platforms to make aid and development efforts more effective around the world. DGF's online resources portal for development information and knowledge-sharing contains tools aimed at bringing together people and organizations around the world who are working to improve life in developing countries. The portal includes information on youth employment. Link
Entra 21 Entra 21 is an initiative of the International Youth Foundation and the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank set up to train young people aged 18-24 in Latin America and the Caribbean and help them find jobs. The iniatiative aims at building a bridge between labour market needs and youth whose interests and capabilities make them ideal candidates to fill the information technology skills gap. Link
European Center for the Development of Vocational Education and Training Cedefop is the European Agency with the mission to promote the development of vocational education and training (VET) in the European Union. Link
European Training Foundation

The European Training Foundation is an agency of the European Union based in Turin, Italy. It was established in 1990 to contribute to the development of the education and training systems of the EU countries. It became operational in 1994.  Its mission is to assist partner countries in developing quality education and training systems and in putting them into practice. Working on behalf of the EU, ETF helps these countries to develop people’s skills and knowledge to promote better living conditions, active citizenship and democratic societies that respect human rights and cultural diversity.

European Commission This web page presents the European Commmission's directory of measures in favour of entrepreneurship and competitiveness. It has a special focus on education and training for entrepreneurship which presents practical examples in member states of the European Union. Link
ImagiNations The ImagineNations™ Group is a global alliance of social entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions, corporations and media working together with young people to inspire positive change in society. ImagineNations' mission is to mobilize young people around the world in envisioning for themselves and their respective countries a better life. ImagineNations seeks to inform and influence policy and program development, particularly those related to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by serving as a catalyst, broker of relationships and an advocate. Link
International Business Leaders Forum The International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) works with business, governments and civil society to enhance the contribution that companies can make to sustainable development. IBLF provides strategic counsel to companies to enable them to understand and respond to the development challenges that they face, particularly when operating in transition and emerging economies. IBLF is actively engaged in the area of youth employment. Link
International Co-operative Alliance Founded in 1895, the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is an independent, non-governmental organisation which unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide. ICA members are national and international co-operative organisations in all sectors of activity including agriculture, banking, fisheries, health, housing, industry, insurance, tourism and consumer co-operatives. Currently, ICA has 220 member organizations from 85 countries, representing more than 800 million individuals worldwide. ICA has a long-standing commitment with youth. In 2003, the ICA Youth Network was established. Link
International Youth Foundation The International Youth Foundation (IYF) is working in close to 70 countries and territories to improve the conditions and prospects for young people where they live, learn, work, and play. Established in 1990 to bring worldwide resources to young people in need, IYF works with hundreds of companies, foundations, and civil society organizations to strengthen and "scale up" existing programs that are making a positive and lasting difference in young lives. Link
United Nations The focal point within the United Nations system on matters relating to youth issues is the Programme on Youth, in the Division for Social Policy and Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. It has been set up to: enhance awareness of the global situation of youth and increase recognition of the rights and aspirations of youth; promote national youth policies, national youth coordinating mechanisms and national youth programmes of action as integral parts of social and economic development, in cooperation with both governmental and non-governmental organizations; and strengthen the participation of youth in decision-making processes at all levels in order to increase their impact on national development and international cooperation. Link
World Bank As part of a larger emphasis on encouraging human capital investment and employment, the World Bank focus on youth employment is gaining momentum. A dedicated web page provides information on key events, policies, research papers, data as well as links to internet sources of information on labor market and related issues. Link
Youth Business International Youth Business International (YBI) is an international network of programmes helping disadvantaged young people become entrepreneurs by providing business mentoring and funds. The Youth Business Programmes (YBPs) around the world are locally based, independent initiatives that adopt and adapt the YBI model to meet national needs and conditions. Their purpose is to enable young people usually aged between 18 and 30 years, to work for themselves, with the help of local business people who share their experience with the young entrepreneurs. Link
Youth Employment Network The Youth Employment Network (YEN) was established in 2001 to give effect to the global commitment of “developing and implementing strategies that give young people everywhere a real chance to find decent and productive work”, resolved in the United Nations Millennium Declaration in 2000. A partnership formed by ILO, the United Nations and the World Bank, the YEN brings together policy-makers, employers and workers, young people and other stakeholders to pool their skills, experience and knowledge in an attempt to find new, durable policy and programme solutions to the youth employment challenge. Link


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