Youth Policies in Mediterranean Partner Countries

As a result of the Call for experts launched in February on behalf of the European Commission (DG EuropeAid), the RCBS designated seven experts to undertake research on the development of youth policies in ten Mediterranean partner countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey). The research was a recommendation action of "EuroMed Youth Programme III" to help analyse the needs of youth work in partner countries and strengthen the partnerships in accordance with the local needs.

Studies on youth policies in the Mediterranean partner countries

The set objectives given by the RCBS for these studies were to:

- Identify the remit of existing youth policies, legal regulations and youth structures in the concerned Mediterranean partner countries and explore to what extent the national youth strategies addressed the various needs of young people
- Understand the role and work of youth NGOs, and of other relevant actors.

Six main themes were proposed for research:
- Youth policy and legislation
- Young people's rights as citizens (to what extent the existing policy and legislations addressed the various needs and entitlements of the young people)
- Challenges faced by young people
- Role and impact of non-formal education (if any)
- Place of the EuroMed Youth Programme within the national youth policy
- Other youth support mechanisms

And each study is based on the following structure, devised on basis of the main themes of the studies:

  1. Methodology implemented and challenges faced during the study
  2. Situation of Youth (Definition of youth; general statistics on age brackets; young people's rights and conditions; Youth culture and trends; young people's needs and challenges)
  3. Structural and institutional aspects of youth policy and legislation (provisions; institutional approach to the youth sector; non-formal education and youth work)
  4. Youth associations and NGOs
  5. EuroMed Youth Programme (its place within the national youth policy
  6. Other youth support mechanisms (such as international donors)
  7. Perceptions of the relevant actors (of national authorities; youth leaders; young people)
  8. Conclusive remarks

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French version

Youth Policies were translated in french for Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia because French is usually use in these countries. Also, the executive summary is available in french too and because it brings an overview of the Youth policies in each Mediterranean partner country.

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Edited in June 2009.

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