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The Business of Empowering Women

McKinsey & Company

This paper draws on insights from interviews with more than 50 leaders and experts in the private and social sectors who focus on women’s economic empowerment, as well as a global survey of nearly 2,300 senior private sector executives, soliciting their views on their organizations’ current and prospective involvement in women’s economic empowerment in developing countries and emerging markets. Particular sections of this publication specifically address the need to support and invest in adolescent girl’s growth in education and business training.

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Characterizing the school-to-work transitions of young men and women: Evidence from the ILO School-to-work transition surveys

International Labour Organization

The ILO is committed to helping Governments and social partners in identifying main employment issues and in designing and implementing integrated policy responses. As part of this work, the ILO seeks to enhance the capacity of national and local level institutions to undertake evidence-based analysis that feeds social dialogue and the policymaking process. To assist member States in building a knowledge base on youth employment that helps better and informed policy-making, the ILO has designed a methodology referred to as a “school-to-work transition survey” (SWTS).The SWTS was developed to quantify the relative ease or difficulty faced by young people in “transiting” to a job that meets the basic criteria of “decency”, namely a job that provides the worker with a sense of permanency, security and personal satisfaction.

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Fact Sheet: Youth employment

The United Nations

This fact sheet discusses youth employment.

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What role can economic empowerment strategies play in reducing HIV risk and vulnerability among girls and young women?

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

As HIV prevalence continues to rise globally among girls and young women, the need to develop effective prevention and mitigation strategies for this population is urgent. This paper draws on the published and grey literature related to HIV and girls and young women, and economic empowerment programs among adult women, young women and girls to address the following key questions:

  • Why focus on girls? Why are girls and young women particularly vulnerable to HIV? How does economic vulnerability intersect with gender inequality to exacerbate HIV risk and vulnerability?
  • What is economic empowerment? Through what pathways might economic empowerment contribute to HIV risk reduction among girls and young women?
  • To what extent are girls currently being reached by combined economic empowerment and HIV programs?

This paper provided the background for the meeting, Emerging Insights on Economic Empowerment and HIV Interventions for Girls and Young Women, convened by ICRW with support from the Nike Foundation.

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Active Labor Marker Programs for Youth: A Framework to Guide Youth Employment Interventions

World Bank

Youth are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults, even in economies with strong economic growth (ILO, 2008). This begs the question of what is it about youth that leads to such high rates of unemployment? And what can be done to help young people more efficiently integrate into the labor market?

This Note is a tool to provide policymakers and youth-serving organizations with a framework to better diagnose short- to medium-run constraints facing the stock of unemployed youth and to design evidence based youth employment interventions.

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Understanding Children's Work and Youth Employment Outcomes in Rwanda: Country Report

Understanding Children’s Work (UCW) Programme

Overcoming the related challenges of child labour and the lack of decent work opportunities for youth will be critical to Rwanda’s progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. The effects of child labour and poor youth employment outcomes are well-documented: both can lead to social vulnerability and societal marginalisation, and both can permanently impair productive potential and therefore influence lifetime patterns of employment and pay.

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Measuring the Economic Gain of Investing in Girls: The Girl Effect Dividend.

The World Bank Group

The objective of this paper is to quantify the opportunity cost of girls' exclusion from productive employment with the hope that stark figures will lead policymakers to reconsider the current underinvestment in girls. The paper explores the linkages between investing in girls and potential increases in national income by examining three widely prevalent aspects of adolescent girls' lives: early school dropout, teenage pregnancy and joblessness. The countries included in the analysis are: Bangladesh, Brazil, Burundi, China, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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Financial Education for Urban Youth: The First Step to Poverty Eradication

Global Learn Asia Pacific

This paper discusses the impact of a workshop titled Finance for Youth: Financial Liberty through Financial Literacy, given under the UNESCO Participation Program for Biennium 2008-2009.The workshop was designed to empower a group of 33 youth from targeted low-income families in Malaysia

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Youth Unemployment: Entrepreneurship Development Program as an Intervention Mechanism

Africa Leadership Forum (ALF), Institute for Development Studies

This paper examines the constraints on young Nigerians looking for employment and explores entrepreneurship programs as a potential short-term intervention to reducing these constraints.

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Technical and Vocational Education and Training: A Study of Promising Models in International Development

Educational Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP3)

This paper examines four approaches to technical and vocational education and training used by USAID in South Africa, Indonesia, Georgia, and Morocco between 2007 and 2012 and is based on a 2010 desk review. This review examines how the four programs perform according to nine elements of highly effective workforce development and technical and vocational education and training systems.

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