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PRESENTATION: Unlocking the Double Hidden Potential of SMEs for Labor Absorption at Scale, Sep 2016

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are often not the first consideration in thinking about inclusive youth employment; their size, diffusion, and accessibility detract from their attractiveness. Yet they have powerful potential not just for labour absorption but for growth stimulus - in South Africa over 50% of hiring is done by SMEs, and approximately 70% identify hiring as the stimulus for their growth. This session will present an emerging solution for linking SME employers and young marginalised work-seekers, and explore the challenges and responses for working with this sector. 

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PRESENTATION: The Final Frontier: Lessons in Reaching Rural Women and Youth, Sep 2016

VOTO Mobile

In order to reach rural women and youth through mobile technology, they need to be able to access phones that work at the precise moment you are trying to engage with them. This isn’t always easy. While some own a phone, many find themselves in a range of different sharing situations, giving them partial access. Even phone owners experience issues like poor network, no electricity and expensive credit that can restrict their ability to use the phone. Despite these challenges, VOTO Mobile will present 10 ways to ensure your program is accessible to rural women and youth. 

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PRESENTATION: Preparing Youth for Employment in Transitioning Economies: The Case of Southeastern Europe, Sep 2016

Cardno Emerging Markets

Cardno Emerging Markets will present youth workforce development approaches developed and piloted on USAID funded competitiveness projects in the Balkans over the past 10 years. As countries in the Balkans move closer to EU accession, youth entering the labor force face new opportunities and challenges. Non-­traditional sectors are emerging as potential drivers of employment, which require training and technical assistance, alongside supportive government policy that match youth with employment opportunities. It will engage the audience in discussion to determine both the pros and cons of each approach, and recommendations on how to move forward with helping youth entering the labor force.

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PRESENTATION: Pathways to Payoffs Identifying the Smoothest Road to Employment for At-Risk Youth, Sep 29

Save the Children, BRAC,

In Bangladesh, Farzanah, 15, drops out of school. Her parents threaten to kick her out if she doesn’t get a job. As an NGO, what should you do? Do you pay for her to attend an expensive vocational school? Give her a stipend to learn on the job? Teach her communication skills so she nails her first job interview? Using a youth avatar, participants will play a game to build the most successful pathway to employment for this young person. Presenters will then put the game results into perspective by revealing evidence from six countries comparing alternative routes to employment.

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PRESENTATION: Moving Beyond ‘Faint Evidence’: Assessing Gender Differences in the Impact of Entrepreneurship Training in Tanzania, Sep 2016

The MasterCard Foundation, University of Minnesota

How can you make claims about the impact of a training program without a comparison group?  This session will focus on how to apply propensity score matching as one tool to assess the impact of youth entrepreneurship training programs.  This methodological approach was used and then disaggregated by gender to reveal important differences in outcomes for female youth in Tanzania.  This session is most suited to participants who have some familiarity with evaluation and research design, though the session does not require participants to have advanced statistical skills.  This session will be highly interactive, with opportunity for participants to discuss applications of this method to their own field settings.

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PRESENTATION: Microwork Boom or Bust? Examining the State of the Art Emerging Online Platform that is Transforming Youth Employment, Sep 2016

Samasource, TripAdvisor, Banyan Global, Future Work Consulting, RTI International

Youth unemployment remains a major challenge for many developing economies that cannot create enough jobs to absorb the emerging labor market. Microwork, an online outsourcing of services, is an industry that expands entry level jobs.  However, no comprehensive resources currently exist to prepare youth for succeeding in this industry. RTI International, Future Work Consulting and Banyan Global experts will present findings from a Center for Global Youth Employment-funded study mapping the current trends, challenges and success factors surrounding microwork.  The panel will synthesize the study’s findings determining microwork’s sustainability as an effective tool for transitioning disadvantaged youth into employment. 

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PRESENTATION: Mastercoach: A Technology-Enabled Virtual Learning Course Helping Build the Next Level of Academic Leaders in Your Organization, Sep 2016

Quest Alliance-India

The presence of an informed, professional facilitator is essential as young people prepare to enter the world of work. MasterCoach is a certified training program that uses powerful digital and face to face experiential learning methods to create a transformative experience for youth facilitators who are on the job. Quest Alliance will present the approach, design, content and technology developed to empower youth facilitators to make the shift from being a sage on the stage to a guide on the side.

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PRESENTATION: Mastercoach: A Technology-Enabled Virtual Learning Course Helping Build the Next Level of Academic Leaders in Your Organization, Sep 2016

Quest Alliance-India

The presence of an informed, professional facilitator is essential as young people prepare to enter the world of work. MasterCoach is a certified training program that uses powerful digital and face to face experiential learning methods to create a transformative experience for youth facilitators who are on the job. Quest Alliance will present the approach, design, content and technology developed to empower youth facilitators to make the shift from being a sage on the stage to a guide on the side.

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PRESENTATION: Innovative Methods for Sourcing Youth Participants for Employment Programs, Sep 2016

Education For Employment, The MasterCard Foundation

Effective sourcing of participants is critical for supporting quality at scale for youth employment programs. In this workshop, Education For Employment (EFE) will present three tested methods for sourcing marginalized youth populations for participation in employment programs: social media-based approaches, high-touch family-focused sourcing strategies, and outreach workshops. In addition, The MasterCard Foundation will present lessons learned from the Foundation’s experience supporting youth employment programs in Africa. EFE’s experience applying tested approaches in Jordan, Tunisia, and Morocco will be discussed, and evaluative approaches for determining the relative effectiveness of each strategy will be examined. Special attention will be paid to gender aspects of each sourcing strategy. This workshop will adopt a Think Tank approach.

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From Good Practice to Policy Innovation: Moving the Needle on Youth Financial Capability, Sep 2016

Save the Children, New America Foundation

Financial inclusion and youth development practitioners are constantly challenged to scale the lessons from their work through policy change. This often involves an interplay between local, regional and national government, and is not necessarily straightforward or unidirectional. This session will explore how youth financial inclusion/education initiatives in Vietnam, India, and the US used project results to effect policy change at various levels of government. The session is designed to provide practitioners with a better understanding of how to translate project learnings into effective advocacy through an understanding of the often complex, opportunistic, and multilayered nature of the policy change process.

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