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Youth Economic Opportunities Network 2016 Report

Making Cents International
Making Cents International is committed to meeting the needs of the global youth population by developing and supporting evidence-based, scalable, and sustainable initiatives. For ten years, our Youth Economic Opportunities Network (YEO Network) has contributed to the capacity of youth development stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate high-impact youth economic opportunity programs, policies, and partnerships.
 
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Labour Market transitions of Young Women and Men in the Middle East and North Africa

International Labour Office and The MasterCard Foundation

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is in the grip of an unemployment crisis that is mainly affecting its countries’ youth populations. The region’s unemployment rates among the youth cohort are twice as high as the global average and are particularly high among those with tertiary education. High unemployment rates are accompanied by increased shares of inactivity among youth, with too many youth withdrawing from the labour market due to family responsibilities or discouragement with their labour market prospects.

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REPORT: Prosepect's Learning Paper No. 6: Young Female Entrepreneurs

Prospects Liberia

The Employment and Entrepreneurship sub-program under Prospects Liberia provides young entrepreneurs, aged 18 to 35 years, business skills training and the opportunity to apply for a microgrant (USD 250 to USD 750) to start up or expand a business through a Youth Investment Fund. Data captured throughout the program indicates that significantly more women than men seek and receive the small business grants. Given this information, the Prospects team sought to understand what motivates young women to pursue entrepreneurship.

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A Working Future and a New Era of Collaboration

Accenture and Plan International
A Working Future and a new era of collaboration - Taking cross-sector partnerships beyond philanthropy
Plan International's A Working Future youth economic empowerment programme has proven that partnerships between the development and corporate sectors can successfully address social issues and generate commercial value. This kind of cross-sector collaboration with its potential to effectively address social issues while creating value for both society and business will play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
 
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REPORT: Key Soft Skills for Cross-Sectoral Youth Outcomes

FHI 360, YouthPower Action

A growing body of evidence recognizes the importance of soft skills in predicting long-term life outcomes, including labor market outcomes as well as social and health behaviors (Heckman et al, 2006; Kautz et al., 2014). Soft skills refer to a broad set of skills, behaviors, and personal qualities that enable people to effectively navigate their environment, relate well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals. These skills are applicable across sectors and complement the acquisition of other skills such as technical and academic skills. Although the returns to cognitive and technical skills have long been recognized, recent literature suggests that soft skills rival cognitive skills in their ability to predict positive outcomes. Moreover, evidence suggests that soft skills are more malleable than cognitive skills among adolescents and youth adults (Heckman et al., 2006; Kautz et al., 2014).

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REPORT: Exploring the Linkages Between Youth Financial Inclusion and Job Creation, Dec 2016

The MasterCard Foundation & International Labor Organization

With youth demographic bulges, existing high levels of youth underutilization and limited job creation occurring in many developing countries, governments and development actors are actively exploring new approaches to enabling youth to obtain sustainable livelihoods. There is a growing consensus that increasing the ability of youth to access financial services and strengthening their ability to use these services for their future life needs can play a direct role in supporting the transition to employment and better livelihoods. This report seeks to determine the extent to which this consensus is borne out in practice.

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REPORT: Arab Human Development Report 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in Changing Reality, Dec 2016

UNDP

AHDR 2016 examines challenges and opportunities facing youth in the Arab region, especially since 2011, and seeks to provide an overview on youth in the region and stimulate a broad dialogue between youth and key stakeholders on the future of development in the region, focusing on the role of youth as critical partners at this very point in time. The point of departure of the report is the demographic fact that the current youth generation is the largest youth cohort this region has had over the past 50 years, making up 30% of its population of 370 million. 

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REPORT: Arab Human Development Report 2016: Youth and the Prospects for Human Development in Changing Reality, Dec 2016

UNDP

AHDR 2016 examines challenges and opportunities facing youth in the Arab region, especially since 2011, and seeks to provide an overview on youth in the region and stimulate a broad dialogue between youth and key stakeholders on the future of development in the region, focusing on the role of youth as critical partners at this very point in time. The point of departure of the report is the demographic fact that the current youth generation is the largest youth cohort this region has had over the past 50 years, making up 30% of its population of 370 million. 

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REPORT: 2016 Report on the World Social Situation, Dec 2016

United Nations

Humankind has achieved unprecedented social progress over the past several decades. Poverty has declined dramatically around the world and people are healthier, more educated and better connected than ever before. However, this progress has been uneven. Social and economic inequalities persist and, in many cases, have worsened. Virtually everywhere, some individuals and groups confront barriers that prevent them from fully participating in economic, social and political life. Against this backdrop, inclusiveness and shared prosperity have emerged as core aspirations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

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REPORT: Latin American Economic Outlook 2017 Youth, Skills and Entrepreneurship, Nov 2016

The World Bank

The Latin American Economic Outlook 2017 analyses the attitudes, challenges and opportunities of Latin America’s youth. Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) aged 15 to 29 number more than 163 million – around a quarter of the region’s total population. The region’s once promising economy is now slowing down, challenging the social, political and economic progress of the last decade. As such, young people stand at a crossroads, embodying the region’s promise and perils.

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