The Youth Employment Network (YEN) is a partnership of United Nations, International Labour Organization, and World Bank. YEN was created in 2001 to mobilize action on the commitment of the Millennium Summit for decent and productive work for young people. YEN is a global platform to prioritise youth employment on the development agendas and to exchange on policies and programs to improve employment opportunities for youth. The Network includes development agencies, governments, the private sector, youth groups and other NGOs.

YEN is managed by a permanent secretariat hosted by ILO in Geneva. The secretariat is primarily a provider of innovative and value-added services for the Network. A specific focus is given to Africa, where the secretariat has a regional offices in Dakar, Senegal and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

The major achievements of YEN to date include:

  • Revision of the Lead Country Network: 17 countries have recommited to the network since major revisions were made in 2009.
  • Mobilisation of 10 Million USD in 2009 from various donors to support activities of the Network.
  • Development and dissemination of various publications and advocacy products on youth employment.
  • Training of over 1500 youth representatives as advocates on youth employment.