A partnership that will increase the global awareness of the challenges facing youth as they move from education to the world of work.


Tens of millions of young people today are facing a critical shortage of jobs. Of the 207 million unemployed people worldwide in 2009, 40 percent, or approximately 81 million were between the ages of 15 and 24. Millions of young people who do succeed in finding work are engaged in poor quality and low-paying jobs with insecure work arrangements. Where prospects for paid employment in the formal economy are limited, working poverty, and vulnerable employment are the norm for young people. There is an unfortunate link between poverty and low-wage employment, as poor households are less likely to invest in the education of young people, thus limiting their future prospects of higher-paid employment in the formal sector.

The partnership between The MasterCard Foundation and the ILO will dramatically increase the global knowledge base on how young people transition from education to stable employment and create tools to inform youth employment policies and programs worldwide. Surveys from 28 countries in five global regions will produce a series of comprehensive and analytical national, regional, and global reports on youth employment. The program will create global databases that will be widely available to UN and bilateral agencies, international organizations, ministries of labour, policymakers, employers, foundations, academia, and young people.


  • MasterCard Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    The MasterCard Foundation is an independent foundation based in Toronto, Canada with $10 billion in assets. Their vision is to create the opportunity for all to learn and prosper. They promote...

  • International Labour Organization (ILO)

    Switzerland | Staff size: 1001-5000

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human...

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Key Information

  • Start Date 2011
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 14.6 Million