Somali youth in figures - better data, better lives

No. of pages: 6

Publication date: August 2016

Author: UNFPA Somalia

The Somali population has a young median age, indicating the high proportion of youth in the population.

In general, a youthful population provides significant labour for the country’s growth. Somali youth, if not engaged in productive enterprises, may become disenfranchised, contributing to vulnerability. Policies that promote education, training and employment among the youth will harness the energy of young people. This is especially important considering that the large number of females of reproductive age will results in further population growth. This will have a great impact on the availability of and accessibility to education and employment.