Youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is higher than in other regions of the world, and its educational systems do not match with the labour markets’ needs. What works -project examines youth transitions and their societal context in the region. Using mixed methods approach, it analyses young people’s social entrepreneurship, job seeking, and cross-border mobility. The project team includes researchers from Finland, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. The Moroccan team studies youth entrepreneurship through participatory “laboratory” methods. The Finnish team includes both statistical and ethnographic expertise to study youth transitions in the MENA region, especially in Tunisia and Egypt. The project strengthens interaction between development research and youth research in Finland, Europe and the MENA region. It supports the goals of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, especially
those promoting sustainable economic growth and decent work.