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BLOG: Four Work Experience Programs That Lead To Paying Jobs

Forbes

Young people today face an excruciating paradox when entering the workforce. After spending years obtaining the necessary training and accreditation for potential careers, they’re shut out from entry-level jobs because they lack “work experience”. It’s a ridiculous blocker because what person really has any relevant “work experience” straight out of school? I’ve seen the frustration in many young people who have worked hard to achieve good grades and have racked up countless hours volunteering, interning, or donating their skills to hopefully one day bridge their efforts toward paid work. Time and time again those young workers are told that the experience accrued is still not enough.

NEWS: UNAI Launches Digital Discussion Series with Young Legislators Who Prove They’re Not Too Young to Run, Dec 2016

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

Our inaugural podcast looks at the #NotTooYoungToRun campaign, a movement spearheaded by a coalition of partners which includes UNDPOHCHR, the European Youth Forum, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth & Advancement. The Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth's office has played a key role in initiating and launching the global campaign to promote the rights of young people running for public office, with a special focus on combating age discrimination. 

BLOG: The Unlikely Evidence Gap in Youth Livelihoods Work, Dec 2016

Devex

Not according to a report published in August by the International Youth Foundation and Center for Strategic and International Studies, titled “Urgent and Important: Measuring Investments in Youth Economic Opportunity.” The report found there is “virtually no data” on how much global donors are investing in youth economic opportunity: Spending in this area is rarely categorized as such and is often embedded in larger projects, meaning few donors provide specific numbers. A rare exception, said Ritu Sharma, a senior visiting fellow at IYF/CSIS and co-author of the report, is Citi Foundation, which reports spending $30 million in 2015 on youth economic opportunity programs.

NEWS: Ashesi and The MasterCard Foundation Renew Scholars Program Partnership, Dec 2016

Ashesi University College & The MasterCard Foundation

Berekuso, Ghana, November 18, 2016 – Ashesi University College’s commitment to educating Africa’s next generation of ethical leaders was bolstered today with an additional $25.5 million commitment from The MasterCard Foundation. What was initially envisioned as a commitment to support the education of 200 bright young African leaders as part of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program has been expanded to include an additional 240 students.

BLOG: Ushering in a New Era for Jobs and Economic Transformation Through IDA18, Dec 2016

The World Bank

On December 14th and 15th donor and borrower country representatives of the World Bank Group will meet in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to finalize details for the 18th replenishment of IDA. The final agreement on IDA18 is expected to usher in a new era for IDA, the Bank’s fund for the poorest, dramatically increasing the level of financing and the potential for impact on development for the world’s poorest countries.

BLOG: Freetown Youth Wind-Powered Generator Wins Development Innovation Award, Dec 2016

UNDP

The lack of affordable energy supply has been a perennial problem confronting Sierra Leone. According to the Department for International Development (DfID) 2015 study on Energy only 10% of Sierra Leone’s 6.4 million population have access to electricity. This situation is even more dire in remote areas were a significant quota of the population lives. Access in most part of city still remains a pipe dream. Communities that have access still suffer from intermittent power cuts.

BLOG: Youth Voice: What do Young People Want from Employers? Dec 2016

Learning to Leap

Often, these events are filled with seasoned speakers who are practitioners, opinion-formers, policy-makers and decision-makers from organisations involved in the specific topic. And, yes, this was no different in that respect. Yet, refreshingly, the day was also heavily influenced by the testament of today’s youth. It came in the form of both podium speeches and roundtable facilitation and feedback.

BLOG: Does the Path to Serving Rural Youth Lead to Adults First? Dec 2016

Making Cents International

The challenge of youth unemployment continues to garner headlines. Recently, the New York Times described the demographic challenge as, “The World Has a Problem: Too Many Young People.”[1] These headlines have galvanized interest in youth and led governments and donors to re-focus their efforts on employing this growing population. Youth-inclusive financial efforts have expanded as well, aimed at providing youth with the credit and savings services necessary to facilitate their “earning and learning.”

BLOG: How to Design Youth Employment Programs, Dec 2016

World Bank

After three and half years of work, we have finally completed our systematic review of youth employment programs. Many thanks to the co-authors who did the heavy lifting (Jose Manuel Romero, Jonathan StöterauFelix Weidenkaff and Marc Witte). The paper was presented at our recent Jobs and Development Conference. The team went over 40,000 papers to eventually find 103 that reported on credible impact evaluations of youth employment programs. These were more-or-less equally focused on high and middle/low income countries. These studies were codified in detail, including programs’ design features so that we could understand why some worked and others did not.

BLOG: In Zambia, Agribusiness Creates Potential for Job Growth, Dec 2016

World Bank

Zambia is currently under pressure to increase the pace of the economic transformation to create more productive jobs. Despite rapid economic growth from 2000-2013, the country is struggling to provide the kind of jobs needed to help spur sustainable growth and development.  The landlocked country is also one of Africa’s youngest countries by median age, and youth (aged 15-24) who are a significant and increasing share of the working population, are finding it hard to get jobs.

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