Youth Economic Opportunites Network: Live & Virtual Learning Event "Applying An Inclusive Market Systems Development Approach to Youth Employment: Lessons from the EYE Program".


Join Making Cents International’s Youth Economic Opportunities Network (YEO Network) and HELVETAS for a virtual and in-person learning event on lessons learned from applying an Inclusive Market Systems Development approach to creating employment opportunities for youth.

To join in-person: Join us at the Making Cents offices in downtown Washington, D.C. to meet the presenters and network with participants. Lunch will be provided or you may bring your own. Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be served as well. Space is limited, RSVP Early!

To participate online: Please register by clicking on the "Register for the webinar" link below.  Participate by clicking on the "Join the webinar" link on March 21 at 12:00 PM ET.

The discussion will draw from the Enhancing Youth Employment program (EYE), a Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) project implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and Management Development Associates (MDA). EYE supports employment opportunities for young women and men graduates from schools and universities in Kosovo by facilitating their transition into the labor market. There will be a brief introduction to HELVETAS' perspective on key elements of an Inclusive Market Systems Approach applied to youth employment. The speaker will outline some of the experiences and results HELVETAS has gained from its youth employment programs in the Balkans region as well as share some of the challenges that accompany this approach, and invite discussion with attendees around this as well as other open questions that have been raised through implementation (e.g., building interventions on a vision of the future world of work, quality of jobs, environmental concerns).

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Dr. Christy Olenik
Vice President, Technical Services
Making Cents International


Matt Herr 
Team Leader, Eastern Europe Unit and Senior Advisor