Youth Employment Summit (YES)

Developing countries face rapidly expanding populations of young people with few opportunities for productive work. To meet this challenge, the YES Campaign was launched by 1,600 delegates from 120 countries at the Alexandria Youth Employment Summit in Egypt in September, 2002. The YES Campaign worked to achieve two essential goals: to build the capacity of young people to create sustainable livelihoods; and to establish an entrepreneurial culture where young people will work towards self- employment. In 60 countries, YES brought together diverse stakeholders through the YES Country Networks to work collaboratively in taking actions that result in productive and sustainable employment for youth. YES held a regional forum in India in December 2003, a global summit in Mexico in 2004, and held its last global summit in Kenya from September 13–16, 2006.


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United States Agency for International Development
Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Canadian International Development Agency
Global Environment Facility
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation



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