In Somalia young people make up over 70 percent of the population, and unemployment and underemployment levels among young men and women is extremely high, with working poverty a prevalent issue for young people. Through a joint Youth Employment Programme delivered in partnership with Government counterparts, civil society organisations and UN partners, UNDP works to create employment opportunities, jobs, and training for young people. Together with our partners we work to rehabilitate productive infrastructure, which at the same time generates significant short-term employment opportunities for youth; and aslo enhancing the employability of the youth through market-driven vocational training. The programme also works to build the state capacity and systems of the relevant Federal, regional and local government institutions to deliver sustainable employment programmes in the future.
There are currently over 2.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia due to conflict and recurrrent climate crises such as drought and flooding. A large majority of IDPs live in dispalced communities in urban areas, with little or no access to suitable housing, and basic services. UNDP works with government counterparts, civil society organisations and UN partners to build long term solutions to address displacement, though improving access to housing and land and services, creating job opportunities, delivering training, and improving relationships between host and displacement communties, to deliver long term social cohesion and peace.