Knowledge Note

In Latin America, one in five youth-totaling more than 18 million individuals aged 15 to 24-is neither working nor in school (ninis). Despite the strong economic performance of the region in recent years – with vibrant economic growth and a significant reduction in poverty and inequality – the proportion of Latin American youth who are ninis fell only marginally, and the absolute number of young people in this condition actually increased. The ninis phenomenon has a strong equity and gender dimension.A range of training programs with varying emphases, settings, and duration can help build the human capital of ninis.