Central coordination of youth employment policies can increase job opportunities for youth in Kenya

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Unemployment and underemployment rates are particularly high among Kenya’s youth, relative to other age groups. Furthermore, young women are more disadvantaged than their male counterparts across almost all employment indicators. The Government of Kenya has implemented a number of interventions targeting youth unemployment or that include elements aiming to increase youth employment. A team of local PEP researchers evaluated five policy options to identify how to make the Government’s efforts more impactful. They found that each intervention is useful for job creation but the impacts would be greater if programmes were more synergised, through a centralised coordination framework, for example, as this would improve implementation and increase awareness of the programmes. Additionally, comprehensive programmes that address multiple youth employment challenges are more effective.

Find out more about the research methods, findings and policy recommendations in the following PEP publications:

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