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Out of School and Out of Work in Latin America: 20 million young people looking for opportunities
January 19, 2016Washington, DC

20 million young people in Latin America and the Caribbean are neither studying nor working. The World Bank will present the most complete study that has been produced until now about this phenomenon.

They are between 15 and 24 years old and they are neither studying nor working ("ninis" from the Spanish phrase “ni estudia ni trabaja”). They are present in all of Latin America.

The phenomenon affects one in five people in this age range, which means that more than 20 million young people in the region neither study, nor have a job.

The problem has proven very persistent. Despite the strong economic performance of Latin America during the last decade—with vibrant economic growth and a significant reduction in poverty and inequality—the proportion of ninis fell only marginally, and the number of ninis actually increased.

On January 19th, at 12 PM (ET), the World Bank will present the most complete study that has been produced until now about this phenomenon

Chair: Cynthia Arnson, Director, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center 

Video: Voices of NiNis in LatAm
Presentation by Co-Author(s): Rafael E. De Hoyos Navarro, Senior Economist of The World Bank and Halsey Rogers, Lead Economist, World Bank.

High-Level Panel:

  • Jorge Familiar, Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, The World Bank
  • Luis Almagro, General Secretary, OAS and The former Foreign Minister of Uruguay 
  • Enrique Roig, (Director and Head of Practice), Citizen Security, Creative Associates

Wrap up: Cynthia Arnson

Wilson Center Registration
  • January 19, 2016: 12:00pm — 2:00pm