The range of potential interventions to address youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is broad. We identified 115 programmes with a total value of over £2.4 billion from the UK’s aid portfolio in the region that include a youth employment element within the scope of this review.
The portfolio under review included programmes where youth employment is a direct objective, or where youth employment is a component of other objectives, such as in programmes that promote stability or support refugee populations.
The portfolio covers Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs), Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, and includes programming since the publication of the 2015 UK aid strategy.
We are seeking to answer the following review questions:
- Relevance: Is the UK’s approach to promoting youth employment in MENA relevant to needs?
- Coherence: How coherent is UK aid’s approach to promoting youth employment?
- Effectiveness: How effective is the UK’s support to youth employment in MENA?