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REPORT: PWC Young Workers Index, Oct 2016

PWC

Every person is born with potential: the key is unlocking that potential. So, how can we provide opportunities that empower young people to take ownership over their own future outcomes? You can download our new Young Workers Index report by clicking here, where we discuss how governments and businesses can reap the rewards from playing their part in making this happen. 

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REPORT: Agrifood Youth Employment and Engagement Study, Nov 2016

The MasterCard Foundation & Michigan State University

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with almost 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24—a number that is expected to double by 2045 (African Economic Outlook 2015). Although many jobs have been created by Africa’s growing economies, job creation has not been enough to accommodate the expanding youth population. The International Labor Organization estimates that only 16 million of 73 million jobs created in Africa between 2000 and 2008 were filled by youth. Sixty percent of Africa’s unemployed are youth, even more are underemployed, and youth unemployment rates are double those of adult unemployment in most countries (African Economic Outlook 2015). Across 34 African countries, citizens regard unemployment as the top problem facing their nations (Dome 2015).

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REPORT: Youth Engagement in Agricultural Value Chains Across Feed the Future: A Synthesis Report, October 2016

ACDI/VOCA

This report aims to inform Feed the Future (FTF) efforts moving forward to more strategically and deliberately engage youth in market systems by providing insights from current FTF country programs. Commissioned by USAID’s Bureau for Food Security/Office of Country Strategy and Implementation, a research team with the Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO)1 activity scanned all 19 FTF countries and analyzed four FTF country programs in more depth through site visits to Guatemala, Liberia, Nepal, and Uganda. 2 These countries were chosen based on 1) their relatively high youth involvement in the portfolio; 2) youth mention in Country Development Cooperation Strategies (CDCS) and FTF strategy documents; and 3) geographic diversity. Case studies and success stories from these countries accompany this report and cover the following themes: Uganda - Adaptive Program Models; Guatemala – Engaging Rural Youth through Experiential Education; Liberia – Building Youth Resilience in Weak Market Systems; and Nepal – Household Approach to Reaching Youth.

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Global Youth Development Index and Report, October 2016

Commonwealth Secretariat

With 1.8 billion people between the ages of 15 and 29, the world is home to more young people today than ever before. Close to 87 per cent of them live in developing countries. Young people make up approximately one quarter of humanity, but in many countries, especially in South Asia and Africa, one in three people is a young person. Demographic trends and projections make it clear that the proportion of young people in the global population is declining and it is predicted to fall below 20 per cent by 2075. The next few decades, therefore, are an unprecedented window of opportunity for the world, and developing countries in particular, to reap the promise of this ‘demographic dividend’.

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REPORT: Bridging the Skills Gap: Insights from Employers, Educators, and Youth in Latin America & The Caribbean, October 2016

FHI 360, Results for Development (R4D)

Bridging the Skills Gap: Insights from Employers, Educators, and Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean presents the findings of a 10-month investigation of the secondary education school-to-work transition and trends in youth employability in Colombia, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic. These three countries were selected to ensure representation of South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. With support from the FHI Foundation, FHI 360 and Results for Development Institute (R4D) led this study to advance an understanding of the skills gap that prevents companies from finding qualified candidates to employ. 

 

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PRESENTATION: Rapid-Prototyping Challenge: Race to Create Youth Mobile Products, Sep 2016

Praekelt Foundation, Save the Children

Join your peers in a race to develop a prototype for a new mobile application to advance financial capability in this practical, results-driven workshop. Using personas and user journeys created by and with youth, each group will be supplied with a toolkit and guided by a Human Centered Design expert to develop a mobile financial inclusion prototype during the session. Through this process, participants will be introduced to the tools they need to use rapid prototyping techniques in their own work and become familiar with some of the most promising approaches for financial inclusion.

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PRESENTATION: Making Education Work: How to Leverage Education Reform to Include Workforce Development Solutions, Sep 2016

Educate, Aflatoun, INJAZ

Learn what it takes to scale workforce development solutions through the education system! This session will feature Educate!, Aflatoun, and INJAZ Jordan. These NGOs have effectively worked with governments globally to integrate proven solutions into curriculum, teacher training and assessment policies. Their work specifically focuses on the areas of enterprise development, financial literacy. Each panelist will present a practical strategy, such as policy stakeholder engagement, education reform process mapping, and effective teacher training. This session is meant to promote partnerships between implementers and policy makers so that effective solutions to work force development can be scaled through the education system.

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PRESENTATION: Sharing Solutions for African Youth Workforce Development: Scoping a New Peer Learning Network, Sep 2016

Results for Development, Umsizi Fund, WAVE Academies,

Building on the professional connections unleashed at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities (YEO) Summit, this session will explore how a peer learning network for workforce development practitioners could deepen the impact and enhance ongoing connections between organizations that have a commitment to African youth workforce development. Specifically, Results for Development and Umsizi Fund will share the preliminary hypotheses and results of a scoping exercise on the potential for a peer learning network of African youth workforce development practitioners. 

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PROJECT: Youh Global Programme for Sustainable Development & Peace, Oct 2016

United Nations Development Programme

The project aims to systematically foster youth empowerment where UNDP has a presence by significantly boosting the implementation of UNDP's Youth Strategy 2014-2017 (itself aligned with UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017) and to sharpen the organization’s focus and corporate response to the challenges young people face worldwide across three priority thematic areas: enhanced youth civic engagement and participation in decision making and political processes and institutions; increased economic empowerment of youth; and strengthened youth engagement in resilience- and peace-building.

PRESENTATION: Emotional Intelligence for Economic & Social Success: We Know We Need It, But Can We Train for It? Sep 2016

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Yale University

While there is broad agreement on the value of behavioral skills as predictors for economic and social success, can these skills really be developed in education and work readiness training programs for youth? What does it take to mimic the kind of mentorship for young people that occurs in well-functioning families, in these programs and in the workplace? How can we better support youth economic opportunities with the integration of evidence-based practices to enhance emotional intelligence? Through a comparative discussion that draws on leading research from the U.S., and examples from our sector, this plenary will examine the impact of emotional intelligence training, and what these findings mean for youth training programs in development settings.

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