Jauad El Kharraz
Head of Research at MEDRC and Secretary General of Arab World Association of Young Scientist
He has more than 16 years of international experience (Spain, France & Oman) in Water management issues, mainly Water Information Systems, Remote Sensing applied to environment, drought monitoring, desalination technologies, water-energy-food nexus and environmental issues. He has been collaborating closely with Euro-Mediterranean ministries of water, and also other water actors in the MENA region. Dr. El Kharraz is launching and managing several research projects with focus on environmental challenges in Oman and the GCC-MENA region.
The role of the Global Shapers Community in promoting youth employability and entrepreneurship culture
Founded in 2011, the Global Shapers Community is a global network of Hubs developed and led by young people between 20 and 29 years of age, who are exceptional in their potential, their achievement and their drive to catalyze positive change in their communities. The network’s city-based structure ensures that Global Shapers can contribute to improving the state of the world, one community at a time. Today the community has more than 460 active Hubs in 168 countries and territories, with over 6,000 Global Shapers worldwide. The Global Shapers Community is unique in its reliance on empowered young people to shape and lead their Hubs. One of the greatest strengths of the Global Shapers Community is that it relies on principles of inclusivity, collaboration, and shared decision making. The Curator is the leader of the Hub for a term of one year, and I got the pleasure to found and lead Nice Hub in France since 2014. The Nice Hub is actively engaged in various local projects, implemented in the areas of Nice and Sophia Antipolis. The Nice Hub is currently focusing on achieving impact in the areas of Sustainability, Entrepreneurship-Training and Gender Parity, especially in the Tech sector. The Community’s mission is built on two strategic objectives: 1. Self-organizing for impact Creating and working in self-organized teams to spur innovative solutions to challenges in Shapers’ local communities and the world. 2. Taking a seat at the table working with all stakeholders to ensure that young leaders have opportunities to shape global, regional and local agendas. The metrics collected from Shapers demonstrate the Community’s power to launch effective impact initiatives, especially in youth employment, entrepreneurship, education, governance and the environment.
Every two years the International Labour Organization (ILO) produces a report on labour-market trends for young people. It’s called the Global Employment Trends for Youth (GET Youth) and the most recent edition makes for sobering reading. It shows that the reality for far too many young women and men is that there simply aren’t enough decent jobs to go around. Further, as global economic growth remains sluggish, we risk losing even the modest gains of recent years. In Turkey, the unemployment rate among university educated women is more than 3 times higher than that of university educated men; in Iran and the United Arab Emirates, it is nearly 3 times; and in Saudi Arabia, it is 8 times.
Many will know that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations (SDGs) emphasizes youth employment directly in Goal 8, and in November 2015, the UN Chief Executives Board approved the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, with the ILO as the lead.
To tackle the youth employment challenge, we need: to assign priority to policies for job creation; to target specific disadvantages of young people through skills and labour-market policies; and to forge partnerships for scaling up investments in decent jobs for youth.
Clearly, responding to the challenges of global youth employment will require a tailored and multifaceted approach. However, in all cases, policy-makers must heed the voice of the younger generation. Often it is the young people concerned who understand the measures that will help them adapt in their particular situation.