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Finding a Formula for Youth Economic Empowerment

Plan International
Plan International’s Banking on Change program shows how providing girls and young women with savings skills doesn't just produce financial rewards.
 
“We were just using the money anywhere,” says Cleopatra, a 20 year-old young woman from the Central Province of Zambia, describing the challenge she once faced managing her family’s finances.
 

BLOG: Where are they now? The importance of alumni tracking in workforce training

RTI International
In a riff off of the old PSA that asked parents, “Its 10:00 pm, do you know where your children are?” –– we might ask educators, “It’s been a year, do you know where your alumni are?”
 

PROJECT: Nicaragua Technical Vocational Education and Training Strengthening for At-Risk Youth

Creative Associates International
Brief Background
 
Nicaraguan youth complete an average of six years of schooling. Along the Caribbean coast, youth average less than three years of schooling. This not only results in a youth population with low levels of productivity and high unemployment rates, but also constrains economic development.
 

Bringing Youth Together to Innovate Is Key to Development in Africa

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

Central to the 28th African Union Summit that takes place in Ethiopia this week and to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 

M-Soma: Connecting Kenyan Youth to Computer Skills Training

The MasterCard Foundation

Today, some measure of computer and technology skills are critical to nearly every occupation. In order to prepare for the demands of the modern work force, young people need and expect the opportunity to acquire those skills during their schooling.

How I Became An Entrepreneur To Serve My City's Most Vulnerable Communities

Srirjeff Dennis, Grads of Life

I was born in a slum in the Ukonga administrative ward of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on February 7, 1994. My community lived in severe poverty, which meant that I often went to bed hungry and witnessed a young neighbor perish from malnutrition. While in primary school, I would sometimes leave class because I needed to go off to fish in nearby swamps or engage in petty trading to supplement the little food my family had. Most days we did not know where our next meal was coming from.

BLOG: New Qualifications Help Young Ghanaians Access Jobs in Construction

The MasterCard Foundation

Twenty-seven percent* of out-of-school youth in Ghana are unemployed. Yet the World Bank estimates that Ghana’s construction sector needs 60,000 more artisans and tradespeople – and that’s set to rise to 250,000 by 2020. So what’s stopping young people from making the most of job opportunities in construction?

BLOG: Four Work Experience Programs That Lead To Paying Jobs

Forbes

Young people today face an excruciating paradox when entering the workforce. After spending years obtaining the necessary training and accreditation for potential careers, they’re shut out from entry-level jobs because they lack “work experience”. It’s a ridiculous blocker because what person really has any relevant “work experience” straight out of school? I’ve seen the frustration in many young people who have worked hard to achieve good grades and have racked up countless hours volunteering, interning, or donating their skills to hopefully one day bridge their efforts toward paid work. Time and time again those young workers are told that the experience accrued is still not enough.

NEWS: UNAI Launches Digital Discussion Series with Young Legislators Who Prove They’re Not Too Young to Run, Dec 2016

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

Our inaugural podcast looks at the #NotTooYoungToRun campaign, a movement spearheaded by a coalition of partners which includes UNDPOHCHR, the European Youth Forum, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth & Advancement. The Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth's office has played a key role in initiating and launching the global campaign to promote the rights of young people running for public office, with a special focus on combating age discrimination. 

BLOG: The Unlikely Evidence Gap in Youth Livelihoods Work, Dec 2016

Devex

Not according to a report published in August by the International Youth Foundation and Center for Strategic and International Studies, titled “Urgent and Important: Measuring Investments in Youth Economic Opportunity.” The report found there is “virtually no data” on how much global donors are investing in youth economic opportunity: Spending in this area is rarely categorized as such and is often embedded in larger projects, meaning few donors provide specific numbers. A rare exception, said Ritu Sharma, a senior visiting fellow at IYF/CSIS and co-author of the report, is Citi Foundation, which reports spending $30 million in 2015 on youth economic opportunity programs.

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