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Roll Call: Getting Children into School

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of children enrolled in school. From 2000 to 2015, the portion of primary school age children (6–12 years old) enrolled in school worldwide rose from 83 to 91 percent. For those aged 12–16, enrollment rose from 55 to 65

Rising to the youth employment challenge: New evidence on key policy issues

International Labour Organization

Young women and men today face an ever more difficult task in finding their place in the world of work. In low- and middle-income countries, informal employment has come to dominate young people’s labour market experiences, while in high-income countries, work for youth increasingly means temporary and other non-standard forms of employment.

Synthesis Report: Research into Gender Equality and Early Childhood Development in Eleven Countries in Asia

Plan International

Between 2014 and 2015, Plan and partner organizations conducted research on the gender dimensions of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and parenting initiatives in 11 countries of the Asia region using Plan’s Gender in ECD assessment tools.

Bridging the Gap from School to Employment in El Salvador

Palladium

The workforce situation in El Salvador is typical of many countries around the world – on the one hand young people struggling to find meaningful work and on the other businesses complaining that their growth and competitiveness is constrained by the difficulty and cost of finding people with the right skills and competencies.

Young People & Agriculture: Strategic Priorities for Impact

Mercy Corps

While the narrative around agriculture in Africa can invoke a story of back-breaking labor and subsistence, with agriculture seen as a last resort option for poor, there is a much different story to cultivate. Investing in agriculture growth is 11 times more effective for overall economic growth when compared to other sectors such as mining, utilities, and services. In fact, estimates project that African agriculture and agribusiness could be worth $1 trillion by 2030.

Growing a Future: Liberian Youth Reflect on Agriculture Livelihoods

Mercy Corps

Over the next few decades, agriculture will continue to be the dominant sector of employment and a vital source of labor for most young people in Africa. Harnessing youth’s potential to participate meaningfully in their food systems, from production to plate, has the potential to increase their productivity and revenues, as well as ensure the resilience and food security of their households.

A Global Desk Review of Financial Education’s Contribution to Girls’ Economic Empowerment

Aflatoun International

This global review is part of the thought leadership component of the Credit Suisse Financial Education for Girls (CSFEG) program. The purpose of this work is to provide recommendations regarding the design, implementation and research on programs for adolescent girls aged 10 to 18 that aim to contribute to their economic empowerment by containing a financial education component. Presented here are the findings from research into selected, highlighting key financial education program models.

Effectiveness and Sustainability of Social & Financial Education for Youth

Aflatoun International

The young people of today present unique opportunities and will confront unique challenges. To equip young people to take hold of these opportunities and meet these challenges, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers have highlighted the positive impact that life-skills education and financial education can have on children and young people.International bodies have stated the need for education in such skills,and a growing number of countries have strengthened the teaching of both social skills and financial skills in their curricula.

Measuring Soft Skills & Life Skills in International Youth Development Programs: A Review and Inventory of Tools

YouthPower Action

In recent years, as the evidence base on the importance of soft and life skills for fostering positive youth outcomes has grown, international youth development programs have increasingly focused on interventions that develop those skills (also referred to as socioemotional skills, transferrable skills, non-cognitive skills, and developmental assets, among other terms).

African Economic Outlook 2017- Entrepreneurship and Industrialisation

African Development Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Development Programme

The annual African Economic Outlook (AEO) monitors the continent’s state of affairs using a collaborative approach. The AEO assesses the recent economic and social situation in Africa, projects likely developments for the near future and explores a special theme on the structure of African economies. The AEO 2017, the 16th edition, examines entrepreneurship and industrialisation in Africa. The report results from a unique partnership between three international organisations: the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme.

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