Skills and needs "mismatch" fuels youth unemployment

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A young Jordanian who completed classroom and on-the-job training through UNDPs vocational programme, and now works for LG Company in Amman. Photo: Alessandra Blasi/UNDP

The "mismatch" between required skills and qualifications in the labour market is the biggest contributor to youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa.

That's according to Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, Senior Vice President of Education for Employment (EFE), a non-profit organization providing skill training to unemployed youth in both regions.

She says that two-thirds of all women are unemployed and around 26 percent of youth in the Middle East and North Africa overall are jobless.

Following a meeting hosted by the UN's Women's International Forum (WIF) at UN Headquarters in New York, Ms di Florio told Andita Listyarini about the challenges these young people face.

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