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Why Countries in Middle East and North Africa Should Invest in Youth Volunteering

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Mar 09, 2016 / 0 Comments

Countries with large percentages of youth who have limited opportunities for social  participation  are likely to face significant social tensions. It is the result of young people  becoming frustrated at their inability to positively affect their  own lives or that of society at large. Volunteerism can help to address this challenge. First, volunteerism is believed to defuse tensions by bringing groups together around shared goals, thus building more cohesive societies through the development of more meaningful citizenship. Second, volunteerism provides youth the opportunity to participate in an unpaid work experience, thus increasing their employability.


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Rene Leon Solano

Rene Leon-Solano is a senior social protection specialist in the Social Protection & Labor Global Practice of the World Bank. He works on issues related to labor markets and social assistance in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), with a special focus on post-revolution Tunisia, Morocco and Lebanon. As the youth co-coordinator of the World Bank in MENA, he is in charge of overseeing the youth agenda in the region. He is the task team leader of several lending and technical assistance operations, and has authored various journal articles and reports on employment services and active labor market programs. Before joining the World Bank in 2010, he worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States, where he designed, implemented, and supervised loans and grants in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


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