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Positive Youth Development: What is it? And does it impact youth employability?

Results for Development

On Tuesdays, my colleagues and I take a break from assessing health and education challenges to strategize on the soccer field instead. We’re very good at strategizing, but we’re awful at scoring goals. Soccer, of course, is a sport that requires thoughtful strategy, but a game plan is not very useful without clear communication to execute it, the stamina to run across the field toward the goal, or the skills to kick the ball on target. If we’re going to score, win games and fulfill our goal of making the playoffs, we need that whole package.

Africa's Defining Challenge

UNDP

Africa has the youngest population in the world, and it’s growing fast. By 2055, the continent’s youth population (aged 15-24), is expected to be more than double the 2015 total of 226 million. Yet the continent remains stubbornly inhospitable – politically, economically, and socially – to young people. The success of African governments’ efforts to address this will be the single most important factor determining whether the continent prospers or suffers in the coming decades.

Gainful Employment Regulations Will Protect Students and Taxpayers. Don't Change Them.

Brookings Institute

In the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of American student-loan borrowers leaving college with high debt and low earnings. The resulting unsustainable debt burdens impose substantial costs on students and on federal taxpayers.

Future of Work Blog Series | To Lower Youth Unemployment, Play the Matchmaker

Emet Mohr, Chemonics International

Youth unemployment is a huge issue in the developing world. According to the International Labour Organization, 71 million youth were estimated to be unemployed in 2016 and 37 percent of working youth live in poverty, suggesting underemployment. Yet, this doesn’t necessarily mean that jobs don’t exist — often, a mismatch between the market’s labor needs and the skills of unemployed youth prevents young people from finding work.

3 Questions with Gratian Nareeba and Fatuma Namutosi: Economic Opportunity for Youth

Chemonics International

In this blog series, originally featured on Chemonics’ blog, young entrepreneurs reflect on their experience with youth-led private sector development. Gratian Nareeba is a partnerships manager for the Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Activity (YLA). Fatuma Namutosi is the founder of Byeffe Foods Company, a YLA grant recipient.

How to Finance Innovative Young Entrepreneurs

Devex

Africa has some of the world's fastest growing economies and a young, rapidly growing population. But a consistent trend in young graduates deciding against returning home at the end of their studies is a threat to Africa's progress. How can investment in entrepreneurship be sustainable in order to help provide job opportunities and improve social inclusion long term?

Building Peace From Within: The Case of Young South Sudanese

MasterCard Foundation
Despite efforts of host governments and international organizations, displacement is, for those who survive conflict and disasters, a highly traumatic experience, especially for young people. They may feel disenfranchised and resentful and dream of revenge – plotting the conflicts of tomorrow. They run the risk of becoming a “lost generation.”
 

Generating, Testing, and Scaling Innovative Solutions to Global Youth Employment

RTI International
The magnitude of the global youth unemployment challenge is enormous. Few dispute that the field is desperate for innovation. But how do we generate, test, and scale good ideas?
 

Agricultural Value Chains and Their Potential for Youth Employment in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Contexts

The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

As agriculture is one of the most promising sectors in most fragile and conflict-affected environments, this article explores some of the key challenges and obstacles agricultural value chain development poses for youth employment.

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