Oxfam focuses on empowering youth for employment through: improved vocational training; increasing employment opportunities via the development of small and medium enterprises; building the number of youth entrepreneurs; and removing the barriers that face marginalized young women. This programme is global, with emphasis on Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. A key focus of our work is on the promotion of active citizenship.
Our work with youth in conflict focuses on youth at risk of radicalization and extremism. There is a strong link between lack of employment opportunities youth radicalization, therefore, our work with youth and conflict builds upon our youth employment programmes and links to a wide range of conflict transformation projects in East and Central Africa, as well as the Sahel.
Children and youth have a right to free, quality health and education services. They also have a right to voice their needs, to hold their governments to account, and to be listened to as members of society and rights-holders: as 'active citizens'. Oxfam's supports young people to openly, freely and effectively use their energy and skills to contribute to creating transformational change in society. We believe that youth participation entails the active, informed, voluntary and meaningful involvement of youth in decision-making that affects them and their communities.