In line with the health, economic and humanitarian dimensions of the COVID-19 Resilience and Response Project, UNDP’s collaboration with ILO continues.  Within this collaboration the second workshop was organized to assess the impact of COVID-19 on young women and NEET youth in rural areas and to develop possible solutions.  In the workshop UN Women Programmes Manager Zeliha Ünaldı identified the rapid increase of NEET youth as a symptom of the "gender inequality virus." Consequently, ILO and UNDP representatives reviewed the situation of youth in the labour market as well as addressing rural and gender equality based issues regarding the unemployment of youth. Moreover, inspirational and motivational speeches emphasizing the boundless potential of youth were given by Ahmet Katıksız, Konya Plain Project Youth Association President and Abdurrahim Korkmaz, Windsurf and Kitesurf instructer.

The live polls, Q&As and discussion sessions once again ensured the engagement of youth and to hear their voices.

If you didn't get a chance to attend our first workshop you can now watch it on YouTube by clicking on the banner!

What is the role of technology-based solutions in in rural development for decreasing youth unemployment?

In our second livestream within the scope of collaboration with ILO, we discussed the role of digital-based rural development solutions on alleviating youth unemployment with Prof. Dr. Gökhan Özertan, Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics, where he gave motivational tips and recommendations to young people. Click on the photo for livestream!

The survey aimed at SMEs to develop a new market analysis, a region-based sector analysis and guideline reports has begun!

In cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Technology, market analyses and region-based fragile sector analyses are being carried out based on the six fragile sectors which have been affected most by the pandemic. The result of the analyses will provide a roadmap to support these sectors’ business continuity and prevent supply chain disruptions in the crises. The SMEs that take part in the survey will be given precedence in the technical trainings and guidance services which will be actualized within the project.

UNDP and the Development Agencies continues to work non-stop!

The 'regional focus group meetings' with the participation of regional sector representatives have continued to gain speed. The meetings aim to analyse six fragile sectors -automotive, food, logistics, textile and tourism and provide a common ground for discussing the problems and receiving suggestions on the local level. During the bi-weekly working group meetings; UNDP, Development Agencies and Ministry of Industry and Technology representatives discuss the progress within the fragile sector analyses.

The application deadline for our “Digital Skills Development Certificate Program” has been extended until January 3rd!

The program aims to improve and upgrade the digital skills of 3,000 NEET youth through trainings and capacity building activities in cooperation with Ministry of Industry and Technology. For more info:

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