Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

CLTS Working Papers,
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Centre for Land Tenure Studies

No 6/16: Youth as Environmental Custodians: A Potential Tragedy or A Sustainable Business and Livelihood Model?

Stein T. Holden () and Mesfin Tilahun ()
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Stein T. Holden: Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Postal: Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Aas, Norway
Mesfin Tilahun: Mekelle University, Postal: Mekelle University, Department of Economics, P.O.Box 451, Mekelle, Ethiopia

Abstract: Youth unemployment and migration is a growing challenge that needs more political attention in many countries in the world, particularly countries with rapid population growth and economic transformation. Proactively mobilizing the youth as a resource in the creation of sustainable livelihoods can potentially be a win-win-win solution that Ethiopia is currently attempting with its new youth employment strategy and high ambitions to transform the country’s economy into a Green Economy. If it succeeds, it can set an example for other countries in the world to follow. This paper gives and overview of the youth program and the basic ideas and challenges.

Keywords: Youth; youth migration; unemployment; area exclosures; common property resource management; environmental custodians; collective action; business model.

JEL-codes: J08; J21; M13; Q15; Q23

10 pages, March 4, 2016

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