World Youth Report 2020

Youth Social Entrepreneurship and the 2030 Agenda

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The Report seeks to further the discussion on how youth social entrepreneurship can support youth employment and development while helping accelerate the implementation of the SDGs. To do so, the Report first presents social entrepreneurship and anchors it in the context of the 2030 Agenda. Then, the Report turns toward the situation of youth and examines weather youth social entrepreneurship can offer not only employment opportunities, but also support other elements of youth development such as youth participation. In the third chapter, the Report assesses the potential and the challenges of youth social entrepreneurship. The Report then examines the synergies between technologies and youth social entrepreneurship. The last chapter offers policy guidance to build enabling, responsive and sustainable national ecosystems for young social entrepreneurs.



Leveraging new technologies for youth social entrepreneurship

The global youth NEET rate has changed very little over the past 10-15 years. According to the most recent data available, almost 185 million young people — around 30 per cent of young women and 13 per cent of young men, accounting for 22.2 per cent of the total youth population — are not in employment, education or training. NEET youth, the vast majority of which live in developing countries, represent enormous untapped potential for economic development and, more specifically, for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.


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