Youth dynamics and policies in the MENA Region

The case of Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Lebanon.

Young people are a prominent part of the demographic pyramid in the Middle East and North Africa region. Data show that the total number of people under the age of 29 represents 55 per cent of the population. A demographic and socio-economic analysis of the role and prospects of youth in these countries is therefore crucial to understanding the social, political and economic future of the region itself.

The youth of the Middle East and North Africa region face pressing issues and challenges, driven by complex demographic and socio-economic patterns that unfold in a highly dynamic and often uncertain national scenario.Unemployment, access to health and higher education, and gender inequality are just some of the most pressing issues affecting the youngest segments of the population.

The project aims to produce seven national reports in Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Lebanon, as well as a policy-oriented comparative analysis. As the entire region is called upon to recognise the importance of a committed and evidence-based youth policy, this project intends to promote the vision that the education, health and employment of future generations are central elements of national development policies.

The project is carried out in collaboration with Luciano Monti, Professor of European Union Policies at Luiss University and Co-Scientific Director of the Bruno Visentini Foundation, and his team of researchers.

This project is funded by Agenzia Italiana per la Gioventù (AIG).