Seminar “Researching youth in the Maghreb : From marginalization to opportunity”

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 7 March 2017 - 8:00am to Wednesday, 8 March 2017 - 3:00pm
Where: 
Morocco, Rabat
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Contact: 
Phinith Chanthalangsy, p.chanthalangsy@unesco.org

What does it meant to be a young person in the Maghreb post 2011? We have seen more engagement of youth in civil society in the region after 2011. Youth voicing out their concerns and their willingness to build more social justice, more spaces for civic participation, more positive changes.

In this seminar, the participants will find a collaborative platform for knowledge-sharing among a diverse pool of stakeholders (academic, governmental, civil society, public and private sectors, international actors). They will discuss issues related to youth in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, potentially in addition to some case studies of other countries in the region. Understanding youth, their problems, the changes in their environments is essential to building public policies that are inclusive, participatory and that truly respond to reality.

As part of NET-MED Youth work in the region, UNESCO has produced a series of studies on youth participation in civil society and in the processes of democratic reform. CESEM and its partners have also produced a series of analyses based on field work related to youth's economic, entrepreneurial and NGO practices.

This seminar will answer questions like: What can we learn from studies carried out on youth in the Maghreb in this last period? How can we best make use of the knowledge and research produced? What would be the next projects and actions to take for youth in the Maghreb?

The participants will compare data and results from their studies and identify possible venues for collaboration in research and operational projects related to youth.

The participants will also use this event as an opportunity to raise awareness among institutional stakeholders of the importance and value of supporting research in social sciences and the production of knowledge on youth and youth issues that would allow for the creation of relevant and inclusive public policies.