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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Youths among beneficiaries of ILO, MasterCard partnership

15th December 2011

Tanzanian youths are among the beneficiaries of International Labour Organisation (ILO) and MasterCard Foundation unique partnership which is aimed to promote decent work among young persons.

The MasterCard Foundation pledged USD14.6m to create “Work4Youth” partnership with the ILO Youth Employment Programme.

The new partnership will increase the global awareness of the challenges facing youths as they move from education to the world of work.

A press statement issued by the ILO in Dar es Salaam said the five-year partnership programme supports the improvement of youth employment policy making and programme development worldwide.

“We must give young people a chance to find decent work” coordinator of the ILO Youth Employment Programme Gianni Rosas, said.

He said that it is essential to eradicate poverty, foster democracy and promote sustainable development.

“Access to productive and decent work is indispensable if young people are to realise their aspirations, improve their living conditions and make a positive contribution to society,” he said in the statement.

A recent ILO report warned of the creation of a “lost generation” of young people scarred by growing frustration with the lack of good jobs.

It indicated that even though the absolute number of unemployed youth fell slightly since its peak in 2009 – from 75.8 million to 75.1 million in late 2010, adding that young people are increasingly struggling to find jobs or are giving up on finding work.

"Our partnership with the ILO is a good example of how policy-makers, the private-sector, other employers and educational institutions can engage with international organisations to promote the expansion of decent work opportunities for young women and men around the world,” Director of Youth Learning for The MasterCard Foundation Deepali Khanna, said in the statement.

Through the “Work4Youth” partnership, school-to-work transition surveys will be undertaken in 28 countries across five regions.

The surveys will increase the limited available information on difficulties facing young people during their transition to decent work, especially in developing countries.

The data and information generated by these surveys will be included in a series of analytical national, regional and global reports on youth employment, the statement said.

The ILO decent work paradigm aims to provide more and better jobs to young people, in conditions of freedom and in full respect of youth aspirations and rights at work.

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