First edition of the

“Translating Research Into Scaled Up Action: Evidence Symposium on Adolescents and Youth in MENA”

Download here our most recent version of the detailed agenda -Version November 1st, 2017 (a final version will be shared here by November 17, 2017)

Join us in this intergenerational event aimed at informing thinking, policy and practices around key issues and trends related to adolescents and girls in the Middle East and Europe.

The Evidence Symposium will discuss various important findings, surfaced by existing evidence:


  • Young people between the ages of 10-24 represent 28 percent of the total MENA population (~124 million people), and 84 million are adolescents (10-19 years).
  • Adolescents and youth comprise a significant proportion in a humanitarian context. In Syria alone, 33 percent are estimated to be young people (10-24 years old), and 23 percent are adolescents (10-19 years old).
  • Discrimination against young women and girls remains widespread in homes, educational institutions and in the workplace. Although evidence shows a shift in how women and girls’ roles in society are viewed by men and boys within the younger generation, many girls and women still are barred from fully participating on civic, social and economic platforms.
  • The rate of youth unemployment in the region is the highest in the world, 29.8 in 2015, and female youth unemployment is twice than that for males.
  • When young people feel socially irrelevant or excluded from society, they are at risk of engaging in negative behaviours, or foregoing basic services and opportunities essential to their full development.
  • Conflicts or civil unrest, insurrections kill more adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa than in all other regions combined.
  • Refugee adolescents and youth are more likely to forego essential services and be discriminated against, with poor conditions in camps repeatedly cited as very demoralising by children and adolescents alike
  • Young people feel disenfranchised regarding opportunities for meaningful participation at local government level and lack of political decision-making power. Different pieces of participatory research in North Africa highlight a current sense of disillusionment among young people who had placed hopes in the Arab Spring and the associated revolutions but who now feel deliberately sidelined and ineffectual.
  • 70% (13 out of 19 MENA countries) have a national level framework, sector policy or national document reflecting country priorities for Youth.

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The Evidence Symposium on Adolescents and Youth in MENA will be held at Landmark Hotel,
Amman on 21 November 2017, at 8.30 a.m.
Address: Landmark Hotel, Al-Hussein Ben Ali street, Amman Jordan
Landline: + 962-6-5607100
Web site: http://www.landmarkamman.com


“Young people in the MENA region represent about one-third of the total population. Unfortunately, we continue to remain excluded and we face the highest youth unemployment rate in the world. We face conflicts, climate change and political instability. But this can change! It can change if we all come together…it can change if our voice –the voice of adolescents and young people- is heard. This Symposium is an excellent opportunity to address our current challenges and to plan for the future. We need spaces like this one to have a dialogue and to develop more effective and innovative policies and programmes that promote our development”

Muzoon Almellehan, 19, a Syrian refugee and education activist.


“Much of the current discussion about adolescents and youth in MENA region revolves around security, countering violent extremism, radicalization driving a risk focused agenda. A broader positive development agenda is essential.  We need to understand the development needs from an adolescent and youth perspective”

Event organizers