As more than 800 young leaders gather in New York for the annual United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, UN officials today launched a new initiative to tackle youth unemployment, making it clear that success in fighting poverty and inequality will largely depend on them being a driving force.
The economic and social prospects are daunting for the 89 million out-of-school youth who comprise nearly half of all youth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Within the next decade when this cohort becomes the core of the labor market, an estimated 40 million more youth will drop out, and will face an uncertain future without work and life skills. Their lack of work and life skills will impair these youth’s ability to get good jobs in desirable occupations, resulting in low and unstable incomes while exposing them to potentially long periods of unemployment.
he 8th International Youth Leadership Conference-UAE is NOW OPEN to applications from ambitious University students and graduates aged 18-26, from all over the world seeking to exchange diverse ideas and views concerning global challenges and the future of world leadership. Applications will be processed on the 1st and 15th of every month. Accepted participants will receive an electronic Acceptance Package, and are expected to confirm their attendance at their earliest convenience.
The MasterCard Foundation’s Youth at Work: Building Economic Opportunities for Young People in Africa report, released in July 2015, is based on a 2014 review of the Foundation’s skills training programs for youth in Africa.
The Prospects program’s Employment and Entrepreneurship program seeks to improve employment outcomes for ‘work-ready’ youth in Liberia – young people of legal working age with at least some education who are seeking employment or self-employment. This paper explains how traditional concepts of ‘employment’ as a singular state do not apply in Liberia – rather, almost all young Liberians earn income from multiple sources, with a mixed livelihood or portfolio of work.
Following the first and second blog, this is part 2 of the conversation between Structured Experiential Learning (SEL) and Evaluative Thinking (ET), led by Save the Children, CRS and CORE. Let’s see what challenges we could have when applying SEL and ET, how SEL and ET can help in the change management process, and what resources they need. Applying Structured Experiential Learning (SEL) to a pre-mature M&E system could be a challenge. It is because SEL is built on tight feedback loops between generating and using data to inform project implementation decisions, for adaptive management.
Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
In every society globally, unemployment rates for persons with disabilities are higher than for people without disabilities. The International Labor Organization reports that, in some Asia-Pacific countries, the unemployment rate of people living with disabilities is over 80%.
The Report highlights impressive progress on human development over the past quarter century. Today people are living longer, more children are in school and more people have access to clean water and basic sanitation. Per capita income in the world has gone up, and poverty has gone down, resulting in a better standard of living for many people. The digital revolution has connected people across countries and societies. Work has contributed to this progress by building people’s capabilities.