Can Digital Jobs Solve Africa's Unemployment Crisis?

Institute of Development Studies

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 200 million people aged between 15 and 24, a figure projected to double by 2045. As young people look to enter the workforce in Africa many are likely to face unemployment or underemployment, suffering from unsafe, insecure, part-time, poorly paid work. Industry analysts, government ministers and donors alike see information technology as contributing to African growth and as a major opportunity for employment for young people in the future.

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Knowledge Management Platform to Increase the Scale & Sustainability of Youth Economic Opportunity Programs: 2015 Results & 2016 Summit Sponsorship Information

Making Cents International

Meeting the needs of the global youth population requires evidence-based, scalable, and sustainable initiatives. In response, Making Cents International offers a demand-driven Knowledge Management (KM) platform that builds the capacity of youth development stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate high-impact youth economic opportunity programs, policies, and partnerships. The platform components are:

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Book Review: The Global Auction

Workforce Connections, FHI 360

“All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life and his relations with his kind.” -Marx, Engels

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COMPETITION: World Young Innovators, January 2016

ITU Telecom World

The ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition is looking for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas on how ICTs can mitigate the various problems faced by refugees. This could include helping to provide critical services to refugees, working to prevent the situations that make them refugees, connecting families and tracking movements, or helping to make refugees at home in their host country or safely returning them home. The two best ideas coming out of CeBIT will be extended further benefits, such as visibility, networking and capacity building opportunities.

Pioneering the Youth and Technology Movement in Africa and Beyond: Case Narrative

Youth for Technology Foundation

Entrepreneurs are made not born. 

When I was growing up, my father often said to me, "They can take everything else away from you, but they can't take away how much you have in your head." His words have resonated with me throughout my life. Perhaps that is why, when I started Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) from a cubicle at Microsoft in 2000, I became so obsessed with my vision that I had no choice but to pursue it. Fortunately, I did not have to convince my husband, Telema, that my vision for YTF was worth pursuing; he soon joined me as cofounder. 

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Case Study

Impact Hiring: How Data Will Transform Youth Employment

The Rockefeller Foundation, Incandescent, Knack

Youth unemployment in the United States is an intractable problem, especially for the vulnerable segment of “opportunity youth”: young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor work.

Existing programs to address this challenge are expensive and difficult to scale, underscoring the need for a radically different approach to effect change at the ecosystem level.

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Five Powerful Ways to Harness Digital Technology to Curb Youth Unemployment

Dalberg Global Development Advisors

High youth unemployment is one of the biggest problems confronting advanced and developing countries alike. To ease the crisis, government policies and practices have focused on vocational education and financial provisions, but these measures have hardly made a dent. Fortunately, digital technology offers some solutions. While technological advances alone are never enough, a mix of regulation, investment and school integration can foster new technological solutions to the youth unemployment crisis.

Getting to Big: Take Your Program Online for Scale and Impact

Udemy, Education Development Center (EDC), Catawba Valley Community College

You've designed a groundbreaking and effective youth development program and you are ready to take it online to achieve bigger scale and impact. How will you ensure that your program will make the transition to a digital format and stay relevant, engaging, feasible, and sustainable? Your staff is fluent in several languages but what the heck are MOOCs, the Cloud, Moodle, Drupal, flip the classroom, CMS and LMS?

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Reply with Your Employment Status: Using Mobile to Learn about Youth Employment Trends in Africa

United States Agency for International Development (USAID), GeoPoll

In this session, global mobile surveying company GeoPoll and USAID Bureau for Africa will present data collected via SMS on employment and incomes from the youth population in Sierra Leone and Liberia during the Ebola outbreak. Presenters will also discuss how remote mobile data collection and mobile communication can be leveraged to improve youth employment opportunities in developing countries, to include during humanitarian crises.

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2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application

Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

Selection Process

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semifinalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. If selected for an interview, applicants must provide a copy of their passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification to verify eligibility.

Who is eligible to apply?