Fast Facts: Economic Empowerment of Youth

28 Mar 2014

Youth unemployment, underemployment and wages that are below the poverty line ($1.25 per day) diminish human and social capital and are associated with poorer health and educational outcomes.  This contributes to long-term, intergenerational poverty and inequality leading to weaker resistance to shocks, and weaker social cohesion.


In its development policy and practice concerning youth, UNDP sees decent work and livelihood creation as chief determinants of socio-economic empowerment of youth and a contributor to the achievement of sustainable human development.