EGM concluded on Supporting Youth Transitions

Date: December 12, 2018

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, in collaboration with the Division for Inclusive Social Development of the Department of Economic and Social affairs (UNDESA) and the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD), organized an Expert Group Meeting on “The Role of Families and Family Policy in Supporting Youth Transitions” held on 11-12 December 2018 in Doha, Qatar.

The primary objective of the EGM is to bring together international experts to discuss the role of families in supporting youth transitions from school to work and, ultimately, youth employment outcomes in order to achieve SDGs. The EGM attempted to address the following questions:

  • How do families influence youth career and employment decisions and outcomes? How do family structural variables (e.g., parental occupation, education, poverty) and family process variables (e.g., family involvement, parenting, support, and expectations) influence career development and outcomes for young people?
  • How has family support affected job search dynamics among youth and under what conditions has this helped youth secure better jobs?
  • What policies can help reinforce the family’s role in supporting their youth’s transition from school to work and help address youth employment challenges?
  • What family policies might reinforce youth employment policies and help countries to improve youth outcomes, towards youth-related SDG targets?

A minimum of twenty experts participated including academics, and practitioners in the fields of youth, family policy, social integration, economics, and social policy. Experts provided a paper, short presentation, participated in discussions and give their expert opinions and policy recommendations.

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Event’s proceedings – Click here

Supporting Papers and Presentations


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57th session of the UN Commission on Population and Development
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15th Doha Conference for Interfaith Dialogue, organized by the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID),
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The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) participated in the Qatar Universities National League Debate Championship.
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Research Grant

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) has launched the OSRA research grant in its sixth cycle which is a research grant on Arab families and family policy related issues.

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