Annex 1 – Process
Started by the World Economic Forum in May 2013, the New Vision for Arab Employment initiative provides an impartial platform to facilitate action-oriented partnerships to tackle youth unemployment in the Arab World. It brings together government, business and civil society leaders at the highest level to share knowledge and best practices, as well as advance common action for creating economic opportunity for the Arab youth.
The initiative recognizes the diversity of the Arab region, and aims to address the challenge in all Arab countries. Started in August 2013, the first phase of the initiative focused on Arab resource-endowed economies, with a particular emphasis on GCC countries.
Developed using the World Economic Forum’s Strategic Foresight approach, the project followed two steps. As a first step, between August and December 2013, it engaged leaders from business, government, civil society and academia in a consultation process. Insights emerging from this consultation have nurtured the development of systemic analysis of the employment situation in GCC countries, shedding light on the structural causes of youth unemployment and their interdependencies.
As a second step, a session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 convened business and government leaders to explore interventions to sustainably increase the number of young people employed in the private sector, using the systemic analysis developed in the previous phase as a framework. Discussions contributed to creating a common understanding of the youth employment challenge in GCC economies and led to the initial prioritization of interventions to be further explored.
Building on the outcomes of the session at the Annual Meeting 2014, the World Economic Forum’s commitment to bringing together key stakeholders in constructive and open dialogues on employment in the Middle East and North Africa will continue through the Employment, Skills and Human Capital project, which is a global effort of the World Economic Forum. This phase will focus on solutions and potential best practices to catalyse collective action on the issue.