Click here for search results


UN Interagency Network on Youth Development

The United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD) is a network consisting of UN entities, represented at the headquarters level, whose work is relevant to youth. The aim of the Network is to increase the effectiveness of UN work in youth development by strengthening collaboration and exchange among all relevant UN entities, while respecting and harnessing the benefits of their individual strengths and unique approaches and mandates. In the framework of the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY) and its 15 priority areas, the Network advocates for, supports and reviews progress on the implementation of UN Resolutions, Conventions and the internationally agreed development goals that are youth-related. The Network also contributes to increasing the understanding and visibility of the UN System’s work on youth development. In particular, the Network:

  • Provides a forum for cooperation and support;
  • Provides an opportunity for ongoing exchange of information on the UN system’s work on youth development, including through knowledge management initiatives and tools;
  • Strengthens and supports cooperation to promote youth development, through joint advocacy, initiatives and other forms of cooperation;
  • Draws on the members’ networks and relationships with governments, youth-led and youth-focused organizations, donor agencies, civil society organizations, multilateral organisations and others, to advance youth development;
  • Facilitates and supports youth involvement and participation in the UN System and its programmes or initiatives at all levels.

For more information:
World Bank focal point: Kevin Hempel

Global Partnership for Youth Employment

In 2008, the World Bank, the International Youth Foundation (IYF), the Youth Employment Network (YEN), the Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI), and the Understanding Children's Work Project (UCW) created the Global Partnership to Promote Youth Employment and Employability. Its goal: to build and disseminate evidence on effective programs and approaches to help address the challenges facing young people in their transition to work. To reach its objective, the partnership supports:

  • Studies on youth employment issues and policies to inform policymakers;
  • Impact evaluations of youth employability programs; Tools and workshops to promote effective monitoring and evaluation of programs;
  • Local government programs serving disadvantaged youth in the Middle East;
  • Events to promote evidence-based policy dialogue on youth employment issues;

For more information:
World Bank focal point: Kevin Hempel

Adolescent Girls Initiative

The AGI was launched on October 10, 2008 as part of the World Bank Group’s Gender Action Plan – Gender Equality as Smart Economics –- which helps to increase women’s economic opportunities by improving their access to the labor market, agricultural land and technology, credit and infrastructure services. promotes the transition of adolescent girls from school to productive employment through interventions that are tested, and then scaled-up or replicated if successful. The initiative is currently being implemented in the following seven countries: Afghanistan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Jordan, Liberia, Nepal, Rwanda, and South Sudan. The Bank’s partners in the AGI are the Nike Foundation and the governments of Afghanistan, Australia, Denmark, Jordan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Nepal, Norway, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The Bank is also developing partnerships with other public and private sector organizations interested in joining the AGI.

For more information:
World Bank focal point: Trine Lunde

Permanent URL for this page: