Youth Social Entrepreneurship and the 2030 Agenda

Youth Social Entrepreneurship and the 2030 Agenda

The World Youth Report: Youth Social Entrepreneurship and the 2030 Agenda seeks to contribute to the understanding of how youth social entrepreneurship can both support youth development and help accelerate the implementation of the SDGs. To do so, the Report first synthesizes the current discussion on social entrepreneurship and anchors it in the context of the 2030 Agenda. Chapter 2 of the Report then turns toward the situation of youth and examines weather youth social entrepreneurship can offer not only employment opportunities, but also support other elements of youth development such as youth participation.  In the third chapter, the Report assesses the potential and the challenges of youth social entrepreneurship as a tool supporting the 2030 Agenda and youth development in its broadest sense. Finally, chapter 4 first examines how new technologies can be leveraged to address some challenges faced by young social entrepreneurs as well as further support youth social entrepreneurship in its efforts to advance sustainable development. This last chapter finally offers policy guidance to build enabling, responsive and sustainable national ecosystems for young social entrepreneurs.

Throughout the report, info boxes and case studies illustrate the impact youth social entrepreneurship can have when entrepreneurial ecosystems are aligned with the needs, characteristics, constraints and ambitions of young people.


Official Launch of the 2020 World Youth Report: Youth Social Entrepreneurship and the 2030 Agenda, 2 July 2020
Briefing by Mr. Elliot Harris, UN Chief Economist and Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development (UN DESA) as well as a youth social entrepreneur, on the Report.


World Youth Report 2020

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