A small island development state (SIDS), economic exclusion remains an issue in Fiji, where the incidence of poverty is high at 45%. Like other countries in the Pacific region, Fiji is also small in size, vulnerable to natural hazards and climate change and moreover faces challenges in terms of food security, but also high levels of unemployment particularly among young people due to slow economic growth.
This SDG Fund programme is led by UNDP, in partnership with IFAD. The goal is to assist young people, including vulnerable youths who have not completed their formal education and are more likely to be limited in terms of employment to casual and low-pay work.
The Joint Programme assists the Government of Fiji in its priority to tackle youth unemployment, and the negative impact of this on the social and economic development. The programme:
17,000 new entrants joining the labour market each year of which 10,000 are new secondary school leavers
In 2012, youths not engaged in the labour force comprised of 44.3%, i.e 156,692 (total youth population of 353,444). 59.6% of unemployed youths were female
More than 40% of the unemployed youth had been unemployed for three years or longer