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Unemployment remains the most urgent challenge facing both sides of the Euro-Mediterranean region. Specifically, Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries have an average unemployment rate of 11% of the total population and 27% for youth. In addition to the adverse effects high unemployment has on society, the active population in MENA is in fact the lowest in the world. To tackle these challenges and create jobs, Ministers from the 43 Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean have reaffirmed their commitment to a comprehensive regional approach and support for the UfM Secretariat’s initiatives to reduce unemployment. To this end, we launched the Mediterranean Initiative for Jobs – Med4Jobs – in 2013. As the most inclusive dialogue and consensus building platform as well as a financial catalyst, the UfM Secretariat has the capacity to bring together and mobilise governments, the private sector, civil society and local organisations and stakeholders. At present, Med4Jobs has 12 projects running on the Southern and Northern shores of the Mediterranean, targeting over 100,000 young beneficiaries and supporting the development of over 800 SMEs, with benefits already being reaped.
The Mediterranean Initiative for Jobs (Med4Jobs)
Med4Jobs Initiatives
The Med4Jobs Programme is a cross-sector initiative seeking to tackle the challenge of job creation in the Mediterranean region. It has been developed by the UfM Secretariat in response to the high unemployment rates in the region, particularly to help increase the employability of youth and women, close the gap between labour demand and supply, and foster a culture of entrepreneurship and private sector development.
The initiative operates simultaneously on two dimensions: by promoting and replicating a number of visible job-creating projects in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region, and by establishing a regional platform for dialogue, sharing best-practices and private-public interaction and collaboration. Additionally, it contributes to bringing private sector job creation to the centre of the socio-economic development debate.
Focus on Med4Jobs projects
YouMatch Project
YouMatch Project
YouMatch, the new Global Initiative on Innovative Employment Services for Youth promoted by GIZ, aims at setting up a regional demand-driven toolbox for youth-orientated employment services. The toolbox will be used for the purposes of assessing existing employment tools, enabling peer learning and knowledge exchange on a regional and international level, and encouraging innovation and the transfer of promising approaches within and among the participating countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia).
Euro Mediterranean University
The Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes (UEMF)
Building a generation of Euro-Mediterranean profiles

The Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes (UEMF) is a new regional centre of excellence contributing to regional stability and integration through the promotion of dialogue, intercultural exchange and cooperation in the fields of higher education, research and innovation. Its unique regional approach is reflected in the diversity of nationalities of its students and staff as well as in the contents of its programmes which focus on important topics for the development of the Mediterranean region. A number of programmes are already in place and others will be launched in partnership with well-known higher education institutions at the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year.
Réseau Entreprendre en Méditerranée
Mediterranean Entrepreneurship Network
Since 2015 the Mediterranean Entrepreneurship Network has been seeking to expand the creation of “Réseau Entreprendre” business associations in Morocco and Tunisia. These associations, which have proven to be very effective in France, provide mentoring and funds to new entrepreneurs with business potential. With the support of the UfM Secretariat, Réseau Entreprendre has already had its first successes by reaching its 2015 target for the number of laureate entrepreneurs, with additional jobs already being created. After five years this programme is expected to create up to 5,000 jobs. As a next phase, the extension of the Réseau Entreprendre initiative to Algeria and Egypt is currently under consideration.
Action on the ground
Ministerial Conference
Third UfM Ministerial Conference on Employment and Labour: 26-27 September, Dead Sea, Jordan
UfM High Level Working Group on Employment and Labour: job creation and social dialogue
UfM-High Level Working
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3rd Meeting of the Med4Jobs Advisory Board to discuss the next steps of the initiative
Med4Jobs Donors Conference to explore synergies with active development and financial institutions
Med4Jobs Donor Conference
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MedNC project to foster youth employability: a key shared priority for the future of the Mediterranean
Stakeholder activities on youth employability and inclusive growth
OECD Study ¨Youth in the MENA Region
OECD Study ¨Youth in the MENA Region: How to bring them in¨ Full Study
ETF studies on Migrant Support Measures
ETF studies on Migrant Support Measures from an Employment and Skills Perspective (MISMES)
ILO Youth Employment Inventory
ILO Youth Employment Inventory (YEI)
The Business Development Center
The Business Development Center Jordan (BDC) Awarded for Good Practice in Training for Women’s Entrepreneurship at the ETF Policy – Practice Forum
Med4Jobs: Creating job opportunities for young people
UfM for Youth Employability and Inclusive Growth
Meet one of the 45 entrepreneurial beneficiaries of Mediterranean Entrepreneurship Network
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