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Kenya REGAL-AG Boosts Employment Among Youth

ACDI/VOCA

Not even the high temperatures, or the wind blowing dust, could deter Eliud Muchai from pushing a trolley filled with cooked camel meat sausages as he moved around looking for customers on his first day of work. At 19 years old, he knows all too well what it means to be unschooled, penniless, and homeless in Isiolo town, a region in Kenya’s arid lands that is characterized by economic and weather-related shocks.

Emerging Impacts in Using a Systemic Approach to Enhance Youth Employment

BEAM Exchange

Currently, about 73 million youth worldwide are looking for work. Those who succeed in finding employment are typically hired into low-skilled, low-productivity positions, often in the informal sector. For those who don’t find work, the impact of long-term unemployment can be devastating and have long-lasting impacts, putting social cohesion at threat.

4 Insights for Better Youth Training in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa

Devex

Agriculture is the primary source of income for many rural populations in Africa, but keeping youth involved in the sector is a major challenge. Training opportunities are often limited, and income is inconsistent across the seasonality of many crops. As a result, many rural youth engage in a plethora of economic activities to support themselves, ranging from formal agricultural production to informal cash-paid labor. A recent year-long study by The MasterCard Foundation has shone some light on the diverse economic lives of rural youth in Ghana and Uganda.

Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship Education: A Roadmap to Realizing Africa's Youth Potential

Aflatoun

Walk along any street in most African cities and you will see the story of Africa’s development, growth and potential: hard working, entrepreneurial people fill the cities making a living out of every opportunity crossing their path. However, dig a little deeper and you will see missed opportunities to take Africa and its citizens to the next level of development and build a future that today’s youth will thrive in.

Digital Insights Rwanda: How Do Rural Youth Use New Technologies?

DAI

In early March, I spent a week in Rwanda building a profile of how young people in rural areas use media and technology and interact with rural financial institutions (RFIs). With the help of the Rural Youth Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), we interviewed 116 young people (aged 17 to 34) in a ring of towns and villages outside the capital, Kigali.In many ways, this process mirrored our Digital Insights work in Bangladesh and Palestine, but with some significant additions on the methodology. First, we asked them some key questions about entrepreneurship.

Latin America has the world’s biggest skills gap. Apprenticeships could close it

World Economic Forum

Latin America holds a promising richness: youth. A quarter of its 163 million people are aged between 15 and 20. With such a huge working age population, Latin America has a massive demographic bonus, especially in comparison to ageing Europe and Asian countries such as Japan. The challenge is to transform the concept of “working age population” into “talent” and “human capital”. That’s not yet happening. On the contrary, about a fifth of Latin America’s young people – or nearly 30 million individuals – are “NEET”, either not employed or not engaged in education or training.

On the Road to Career Goals through Soft Skills Training in Afghanistan

FHI 360

Beheshta, a university student in Afghanistan, has an ambitious long-term goal: She wants to join the civil service and become either a minister or member of parliament. As an Afghan woman, achieving this goal will require her to overcome significant challenges, including the expectation that women marry and have children rather than pursue a career, as well as the realities of entering a workforce that is overwhelmingly male (only 15.8 percent of the workforce is women). Beheshta will also face pressures against participating in the wider community outside of her home.

Breaking the Double Barrier of Poverty

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Instead of prescribing higher education as the silver-bullet solution to poverty, we must provide diverse and contextualized pathways to disadvantaged children, enabling them to redefine the dominant narrative of success.
 

Augmented Learning and Teaching the Skills of the 21st Century

Center for Work Ethic Development, Georgetown

As the economy becomes increasingly automated, employment skills for both blue and white collar jobs must evolve to keep up. So-called “21st-century skills” learning rotates away from hard STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and incorporates soft skills to augment the progression of technology.

The Gig Economy Can Erode Youth Unemployment

Jamaica Observer
The old vision of employment with hundreds streaming through factory gates at 6:30 am is giving way to gigs. Work is changing. What firms need and employees want may remain the same, but how to get it and pay for it is evolving, so the State, trade unions should re-jig in line with job market and labour force reality.
 

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