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BLOG: In Zambia, Agribusiness Creates Potential for Job Growth, Dec 2016

World Bank

Zambia is currently under pressure to increase the pace of the economic transformation to create more productive jobs. Despite rapid economic growth from 2000-2013, the country is struggling to provide the kind of jobs needed to help spur sustainable growth and development.  The landlocked country is also one of Africa’s youngest countries by median age, and youth (aged 15-24) who are a significant and increasing share of the working population, are finding it hard to get jobs.

BLOG: Making the Future of Work More Inclusive and Equitable, Dec 2016

World Bank

There is much speculation about what share of jobs might be automated by increasingly smart machines. One estimate suggests that countries such as the U.S. would see almost half of today’s jobs disappearing, while another estimate suggests that this might be just about one in ten jobs. But less is known about who will lose their jobs due to these transitions. And more critically, what might happen to the bottom 40 percent of the population of emerging countries that have only recently been exposed to basic digital technologies? Will they gain from technological progress, or will they face the negative effects of both exclusion and of others—countries or the better off—pulling ahead?

BLOG: How Slatecube is Solving Nigeria's Unemployment Problem, Dec 2016

News Week

In August, when Chris Kwekowe met Bill Gates during a television interview that featured some of Africa’s brightest young entrepreneurs, he didn’t ask the Microsoft founder for a job or business advice. Instead, the 23-year-old Nigerian told Gates how he had turned down a software engineer role at Microsoft.“[Gates] was really intrigued, and he smiled,” says Kwekowe, 23. “After the program, all the directors were like, ‘Dude, you mean you actually turned down a job at Microsoft and had the guts to tell Bill Gates ?”

BLOG: Can the Mobile Phone Call Youth Back to the Farm? Dec 2016

Next Billion

According to online media over recent years, youth are fleeing farms across the developing world. Young people report that they view agriculture as a dirty job, one that’s unattractive, risky and low-paying. They feel there’s little access to the financial services, information and communication tools required to excel in the field. These beliefs are often exacerbated by their parents, who expect that sending their children to school will automatically lead to less labor-intensive jobs.

Opinion: Why is Demand-Driven Training Like a Long-term Marriage?, Dec 2016

Fiona Macaulay, Devex

By demand-driven training, I mean those skills development initiatives that are customized to respond directly to specific requirements of a job role for an employer or a group of employers and place trainees into a job. I have taken a deep dive over the past five years into understanding what’s different about “demand-driven training” for disadvantaged young adults compared to other workforce development initiatives. For the demand-driven training model to work, training providers must have corporate partners ready to invest time and effort to align their values and objectives, overcome differences, and find ways to work well together.

BLOG: Start-up Culture is Corrupting Our Youth and Killing Real Entrepreneurship, Nov 2016

Telegraph UK

Hundreds of thousands of British youngsters are about to flood the entrepreneurship market. According to UnLtd, more than half of young people posses the ambition of starting their own company, which translates to unprecedented growth in the number of companies run by those youngsters. In pursuit of the dream perpetuated by start-up culture, they are equipped with revolutionary ideas such as a condom key chain and a "social media site which, unlike Facebook, would finally allow us to see who visited our page and thus identify obsessive followers"

BLOG: Elumenu Urges African Youth to Inculcate Entrepreneurship, Nov 2016

News Ghana

The Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony Elumelu says Africa’s quest for breaking the cycle of poverty and dependency could only be achieved if it injects the spirit of entrepreneurship into its youthful population. To this end, his Foundation has set up the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, which is a 10-year programme worth $ 100 million to identify, train, mentor and fund 10,000 entrepreneurs, capable of changing the face of business across Africa.

BLOG: Youth Employment Subsidy has Been 'Positive' and Should be Extended, Nov 2016

Biz Community

University of Cape Town (UCT) academics who in the initial stages were tentatively doubtful about the likely success of the employment tax incentive, are "cautiously positive" that it has improved the employment of young workers. In a submission on the incentive, the UCT development policy research unit's Prof Haroon Bhorat and Amy Thornton recommended that it should be extended, as proposed by the Treasury.

BLOG: Global Economy Could be $1.1T Richer by Following German Youth Employment Model, Nov 2016

Yahoo Finance Canada

Just 10.1 per cent of Germany’s young workers, between the ages of 20 and 24, are not in school or out of work. That impressive figure places the country among the world’s leaders in youth employment. And, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, if all member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development lowered their youth NEET rates (not in education, employment or training) to near German levels they could stand to gain about $1.1 trillion in gross domestic product across the board.

BLOG: People’s Living Standards – Do Numbers Tell the Whole Story? Nov 2016

The World Bank

Numbers don’t lie. That’s why, in our day-to-day lives, we rely heavily on numbers from household surveys, from national accounts, and from other traditional sources to describe the world around us: to calculate, to compare, to measure, to understand economic and social trends in the countries where we work. But do we perhaps rely too much on numbers to gain an understanding of people’s lives and the societies in which they live? Do numbers really tell us the whole story, or give us the full picture?

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