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PARTICIPATE:Guardian Development #YouthEngage tweetathon on 24 October



Young people, who understands them?

When David Cameron delivered a speech in 2006 calling for people to “hug a hoodie”, the British Prime Minister was trying to say that he got young people; that he saw them as loveable adolescents and not an urban menace.

“We – the people in suits – often see hoodies as aggressive, the uniform of a rebel army of young gangsters,” he said.

Whether it’s about crime or immigration, education or identity it seems that people in suits the world over are increasingly preoccupied by youth. And they have good reason to be.

Africa has the youngest population in the world with 200 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Though better educated than ever, and living in countries that are stronger economically than ever,many young people are “left behind” and “frustrated”. That frustration is also shared by young people in the developed world. In a 2013 study from the International Labour Organisation, youth unemployment stood at 54% in Greece. And so the suits continue to gather, trying to figure out what to do about joblessness and the ‘youth bulge’, publishing interminable reports and recommendations, but what do young people have to say for themselves?

On Friday 24 October, in an event that will span 24 countries in 24 hours, we intend to find out. The Guardian Global Development Professionalsand the Guardian Public Leaders networks will be organising a global tweetathon. This is an opportunity for young people and their advocates to give their own answers to the question: “How do we better engage young people socially, economically and politically?”

Starting in Fiji at noon local time and finishing on the west coast of the USA (4pm there), each leg of our worldwide relay will have a national or regional host. Their details will be added soon.

To participate, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Locate your part of the world in the map above
  2. Make a note of the time of the conversation you intend to join
  3. Start tweeting to tell us and the world that you are taking part. Here is one tweet you could use: I’m joining @GuardianGDP’s #youthengage tweetathon in [insert nearest country] on 24 October 2014. To me engaging young people means […]
  4. On the day, as your chat is about to start, take a picture of yourself and tweet it to @GuardianGDP
  5. Still not sure how it works or what time the #YouthEngage discussion will be happening where you are, send an email to

For more information,visit Guardian Development Professionals Network


Call for Papers: ILO’s Work4Youth Project research on School-to-work transition

ILO logoThe ILO will select papers to be presented at a Global Research Symposium on “Labour Market Transitions of Young Women and Men: Innovative research from 28 ‘school-to-work transition survey’ (SWTS) datasets” to be held in Geneva in February 2015.


Young people face several challenges when entering the labour market particularly in developing economies. Not only do they need to find a job, and preferably one that corresponds to their level of qualifications, they also want to develop a foundation for a lasting, stable employment relationship that helps them to progress in life. To characterize these challenges and to support policy-makers in designing adequate instruments to support the transition of young people into employment, the ILO developed the School-to-work Transition Survey (SWTS), a household survey of young people aged 15-29 years.

The surveys offer a wealth of information on the characteristics of education, conditions of work, aspirations and labour market transitions of young people, captured in the survey’s unique assessment of respondents’ history of labour market activities. All related SWTS microdata files, as well as the current nationalthematic and regional reports, are already available. All data are disaggregated by sex and rural/urban residency.

SWTS datasets are available for the following 28 countries:

  • Asia and the Pacific: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Samoa, Viet Nam
  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, FYR Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Jamaica, Peru
  • Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Jordan, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Tunisia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Benin, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia

About the Research Symposium:


Organizers: ILO Youth Employment ProgrammePlace: Geneva, Switzerland

Date: 20 February 2015 (tbc)

Submission deadline (proposals): July 31, 2014

Notification of acceptance:September 10, 2014

Submission deadline (full paper):November 30, 2014

The Global Research Symposium on “Labour market transitions of young women and men: Innovative research from 28 ‘school-to-work transition survey’ (SWTS) datasets” is the first organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the subject. The aim of the symposium is to promote the exchange of innovative research and ideas for translating its implications into policy and practice.

The event will gather researchers from leading research institutions and development practitioners. The research discussed at the event will draw from the SWTSs implemented between 2012 and 2013 in 28 countries covering five regions of the world.In particular, the Symposium will be organized around the following three themes relevant to issues of labour market transitions of young people:

  • Conditions of work
  • Inequalities of opportunity
  • Determinants of labour market outcomes (including transitions)



  • Authors of nine papers will be invited to present their work at the main sessions of the Global Symposium in Geneva in February 2015 (all expenses covered);
  •  Depending on the quality of the piece, the nine papers will be published in an ILO research compendium under the ILO Work4Youth Publication Series in 2015;
  • Two papers will be selected for inclusion in the forthcoming ILO Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015;
  • The two finalist papers will also receive an award of US$ 1,000 each.

Instructions for submission and timeline:

Those interested should submit a 2-3-page proposal to by JULY 31, 2014

The papers should address one or more of the three themes of the Symposium:

  1. Conditions of work;
  2. Inequalities of opportunity;
  3. Determinants of labour market outcomes, including transitions;

Papers can be national, cross-country, regional or global in scope. The analysis must be based on one or several of the SWTS datasetsmade available on the W4Y website.

The proposal should include:

  • Full paper title
  • Full name, affiliation, address, phone/fax/e-mail of one author for all correspondence
  • Recent C.V. of principal author
  • For all other authors, full name, affiliation and e-mail
  • Identification of the relevant theme (1-3 above)
  • Short introductive summary (approximately 1,000 words)
  • Arguments regarding the paper’s relevance
  • Methodology to be utilized
  • Summary of the main findings and conclusions

Call for Entries:ILO Video Contest for young people on Global Job Crises

The ILO has launched a video contest for young people (from 18-29 years) on how the global jobs crisis is affecting them and their communities. Three winners will be offered an all expenses paid trip to Geneva, Switzerland to present their videos at the ‘Youth Employment Forum’ which takes place at the International Labour Organization (ILO) on 23-25 May 2012.

Here’s an opportunity to share with the world and with other young people like YOU, just how the global employment crisis has affected you, your friends, your family or community.

Your ideas, your story, your views

Use creativity and originality to describe (by video) how the youth employment crisis has affected you or your community. Are you having trouble transitioning into the job market? Have you lost your job or are you struggling to find one? Do you work under poor conditions? Share your thoughts and suggest an innovative idea that you think could help! If you have a story to tell, we’re ready to watch and listen. Videos must be your original work.

Upload on your YouTube account

Upload your video on your own YouTube channel and send us the link at the following email address:

If you don’t have a YouTube account, please create one at Then simply send us the link to your video via email. Please don’t forget to provide your name, age and nationality. You must be between the ages of 18 and 29 years to be considered eligible for participation in the contest.

Your video

Videos should be no longer than two (2) minutes in length. They must not contain offensive or inappropriate language or content, and must comply with YouTube’s general terms and conditions. Use your creativity, with or without words to share your thoughts. If you decide to use words which are not in one of the 3 official languages of the ILO (English, French, or Spanish), please add subtitles in one of the official languages. For simple instructions on how to create subtitles for YouTube videos, please see

Submissions must be in by 23:59 (GMT) on 10 April 2012. Entries submitted after this date will not be considered. Videos cannot be modified after the deadline. The results will be announced on 20 April 2012. The ILO will contact the winners after the announcement of the results to start arranging the trip to Geneva.

Legal matters

The participants grant the International Labour Organization (ILO), its partners and other UN agencies as well as other persons or entities authorized by the ILO, free of charge, an exclusive, irrevocable, transferable, perpetual, worldwide license to use the copyright, related rights or any other intellectual property rights that have arisen by law or will arise by law in the prepared and submitted videos.

The ILO is entitled to publish the videos, but has no obligation to do so. The ILO accepts no responsibility for technical or other disturbances that may impede the uploading of your video. By submitting your video, you accept these Entry Rules and Conditions. The ILO expressly reserves the right to exclude videos if participants breach these Entry Rules and Conditions or in case of a corresponding cause or suspicion.

Eligibility rules

  • You must be between the ages of 18-29 years;
  • Videos must be a maximum of two minutes in length;
  • Videos which are not in one of the three official languages of the ILO (English, French or Spanish), must include subtitles in one of the ILO’s official languages. Videos without narrations (silent videos) are also accepted.
  • You must send the link of your video via email and provide your name, age and nationality;
  • Deadline for submission is 10 April 2012 at 23:59 (GMT).

You can make a difference! Let this competition be a fruitful one!