Demand-Driven Training for youth employment programs build job-relevant skills valued by employers and useful for self-employment by offering both pre-employment skills development and some form of on-the- job training.
In 2013, the United Nations projected that Africa would be home to over 40 percent of the global youth population by 2030. The challenge of how to successfully absorb these young people into the formal economy became top of mind for governments, policymakers and development practitioners.
Small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) have been acknowledged as important contributors to economic growth and vehicles of job creation in both developed and developing countries. Furthermore, local communities can benefit from the presence of SMMEs as they assist in stabilising local economies, improving resilience, and providing a base of economic activity. 3 However, SMMEs tend to face a number of constraints that prohibit them from growing into sustainable businesses.
This report presents the findings of research carried out in Afghanistan, Colombia, Libya and Sierra Leone between January and October 2018 by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) with the support of USAID’s YouthPower Learning Project. The project was undertaken in collaboration with four UNOY Peacebuilders member organisations: Afghans for Progressive Thinking, Fundación Escuelas de Paz, Together We Built It and Youth Participation in Peace and Development-Sierra Leone (YPPD-SL).
After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Afghanistan’s new political order provided space for increased political participation, more education, and antiregime personal expression, some of which took the form of protest movements. Especially after the 2014 presidential election, high-profile youth protest movements became a notable element on the political scene, though none has yet proved sustainable.
Making Cents International, RTI International, USAID
Making Cents International’s Youth Economic Opportunities Network (YEO Network) and RTI International co-hosted an interactive Apply It! Webinar. The webinar delved deeper into a conversation started at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (GYEOS) in September 2018 about "CVE for PYD" and USAID’s Kenya Youth Employment and Skills (K-YES) program.
We live in a time of rapid economic, social, and environmental change. No group has a greater stake in the consequences of these global trends than the world’s 1.8 billion young people, the largest youth cohort in history. The majority of today’s youth population—nearly 90 percent—live in developing countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
Making Cents International's Youth Economic Opportunities Network
The annual GYEO Summit Call for Proposals is a competitive process open to all interested applicants working to advance youth economic opportunities. Summit speakers raise awareness about their work, share knowledge and encourage collaboration in our sector through practical, hands-on breakout sessions that connect to the Summit’s theme and technical tracks.