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.
To honor the 6th annual celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week, the host (The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education) conducted a survey of U.S. state education leaders to determine “the state of entrepreneurship education” in 2012. The goal was to explore where each state stands on providing entrepreneurial experiences with emphasis on K-12 programs. This report shares the findings.
The Center for Social Development leads the learning agenda for the YouthSave Initiative. YouthSave is designed to increase youth savings and related positive outcomes among low-income young people in developing countries, as well as develop on-going in-country capacities in both youth savings and research. The YouthSave learning agenda aims to produce critical knowledge from multiple perspectives to inform the design of savings products, services, and policies targeted for youth, and at the same time provide insight into asset building among youth and their families.
This policy paper combines the dialogue of three different authors. One who comes from the world of workforce investment, one who represents the interests of professionals from the field of career and technical education, and one who is an employee of a global education content provider serving K-12, higher education and professional learning markets. These authors explore the disconnect between education and businesses, and the barriers that exist to forge a comprehensive system of effective education in workforce development.
This report uncovers the potential of adolescent girls living in rural economies and the role they can play in transforming their economic and social realities. An action agenda follows, outlining the steps needed to support adolescent girls, their families, and their communities in creating a more sustainable and prosperous future.
This report summarizes the lessons learned and makes recommendations for the IDEJEN project as it moved from a pilot phase with 650 youth to a large-scale national project serving 13,000 youth. It examines the following aspects of the project: developing a knowledge base, informal basic education, life skills, technical/ vocational training, livelihood accompaniment, capacity-building of local organizations, monitoring and evaluation, and partnerships.
Studies based on firm-level data find that both exporting firms and multinational corporations pay higher wages for a given skill level. The author of this study, however, uses the case of Mexico to support his thesis that the existence of export manufacturing firms in the developing world deleteriously affects the educational choices of local youth. The author finds that these relatively high-paying jobs disincentivize youth from pursuing further education and graduating to higher skill levels that would ultimately be more lucrative.
Asian Development Bank (ADB), & International Labor Organization (ILO)
This joint ADB and ILO publication offers evidence-based policy recommendations on strategies to advance gender equality by addressing persistent gender-labour market gaps that hinder strong, balanced and sustainable development in the Asia region. It looks at not only social-cultural norms of countries but also the policy and institutional frameworks that shape employment opportunities.
Stories of Change is Ashoka’s electronic book series. This volume, meant to provide inspiration to both youth and the practitioners who serve them, offers the stories of ten young “changemakers” from around the world.
The Africa Commission presents a progress report on the work that has been done by the Africa Commission to realize its goals to focus their development agenda towards Africa with the creation of decent jobs for the growing African youth population, as described in its ‘Copenhagen Statement’. This report also includes a number of key-note articles by commissioners and other prominent persons on matters of concern to Africa and the Africa Commission, as well as shorter articles sharing some relevant experience and lessons learned.