OECD has recently published a policy brief on youth and COVID-19. Based on survey findings from 90 youth organisations from 48 countries, this policy brief outlines practical measures to design inclusive and fair recovery measures that aim to leave no one behind. The briefing highlights that especially for vulnerable youth, the COVID-19 crisis poses considerable risks in the fields of education, employment, mental health and disposable income. Moreover, while youth and future generations will shoulder much of the long-term economic and social consequences of the crisis, their well-being may be superseded by short-term economic and equity considerations. To avoid exacerbating intergenerational inequalities and to involve young people in building societal resilience, governments need to anticipate the impact of mitigation and recovery measures across different age groups, by applying effective governance mechanisms.

Next October, Eurodiaconia will organise its annual Access to Employment Network online. The focus of the event will be on initiatives and effective strategies to facilitate the transition of young(er) and old(er) workers (back) into employment and to promote an intergenerational approach among people with low employability. Can we build new bridges between generations and foster solidarity on the labour market – given the increased challenges in terms of the COVID-19 crisis and its broader social and economic implications?

Check out the full OECD policy brief on youth and COVID-19.