There are currently 1.8 billion young people in the world – the highest number ever. Especially The Sahel region, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, have very young populations. It’s projected that by 2030, there will be at least two billion young people seeking work and other opportunities to create a bright future for themselves.
To keep pace with this youthful world, the Netherlands is increasingly putting youth at the heart of its development policies. We are investing in education and youth employment, and aim to work on improving prospects for young people through a distinctive approach that bridges the gap between the skills young people learn and what the labour market demands.