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.
Youth Business International, Multilateral Investment Fund, Fundación Paraguaya
This session shares with readers a new Learning Resource developed by Youth Business International (YBI) and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank that presents a range of approaches, together with guidelines for practical application, in each of seven core elements in a youth entrepreneurship program: Selection of beneficiaries, Technical skills training; Life skills training; Business advisory services; Mentoring; Access to finance; and Monitoring and evaluation. The toolkit was developed under a regional project in Latin America and the Caribbean
Global Development Incubator, YouthBuild International, Aspen Institute for Community Solutions
In many countries across the globe youth unemployment remains at critical levels. While we see progress with a diverse array of programmatic innovations, most interventions are not unable to scale up quickly enough to support rapidly growing working age populations and/or help young people develop relevant skills fast enough to meet private sector demand. How might collaborative, systems change strategies, supported by innovative finance, be deployed in key geographies to make a step-change in the scale and impact on youth unemployment and in a leaner, faster, and more coordinated way?
International Tourism Partnership, YouthBuild International, Marriott, Hyatt, Youth Career Initiative (YCI)
A familiar theme in a “changing world of work” is the fear of job loss to automation, matched by insufficient job creation to meet the demands of youth unemployment. Despite these fears, the hospitality industry continues to grow: Demand for workers, the large number of entry-level jobs, combined with low barriers to entry, transferable customer service skills, and a tendency to promote existing and long-term employees to management-level positions, make the hospitality sector ideal for workforce development efforts that target young people.
Participants engaged in a horticultural value chain assessment to identify partners and strategies that could be used to create job and business opportunities for rural vulnerable youth. By exploring market opportunities and risks, participants gained empathy of the perspectives of each potential agribusiness partners (from input and drip irrigation suppliers to chile pepper exporters) and financial institutions.
USAID, Popultation Council GIRL Center, Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Young Lives, University of Oxford, LinkedIn
Context matters when making policy/programming decisions on youth investments. However, we have limited data on the linkages between various aspects of adolescent/youth development and outcomes for young people to inform our decisions either at national or global levels. Three leading researchers who have their pulse on some of the largest longitudinal data sets related to youth, as well as analysis of youth investments, discussed what the evidence is telling us and how we can apply it to our work and investments at the sub-national, national and global levels.
Opportunity International, Private Education Development Network
263 million children out of school, a ballooning under-15 population, and governments unable to keep pace with education demands. Education Finance plays a critical role in getting and keeping every child in school. Opportunity International (Opportunity) has been championing education finance for 10 years and disbursed more than 190,000 loans to schools and parents through profitable portfolios with minimal risk and high social impact. Opportunity's work with DFID's Girls' Education Challenge provides gender-neutral financial services for families and schools in Uganda.
It has been five years since USAID first launched its Youth in Development Policy. To better understand how this policy has been operationalized, USAID’s Policy Office, in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, led an in-depth assessment that took stock of accomplishments, lessons learned, and emerging needs for future work in youth development. In particular, the assessment contributes to understandings about changes that have since taken place since 2012 in youth programming, mainstreaming, and organizational support. The research process included interviews with over 300 indivi
International Youth Foundation, Quest Alliance, General Assembly
Mobile learning has immense and increasing power to reach youth all over the world, including in emerging economies like India. Currently 55 percent of the world's 5 billion mobile subscriptions belong to people with smart phones, a percentage that will increase to 77 percent by 2025. This change is most acute in evolving economies like India and South Africa, where the magnitude of need for training and the capacity for scale are nearly unmatched. But how is creating content for mobile different than other types of programming and learning?
To keep up with the pace of a changing world of work, youth need to be adaptable and agile learners with exposure to practical and work learning experiences that enable them to apply skills and prepare them for opportunities in an evolving labor market. Learning from Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, and the West Bank demonstrates that sustained private sector engagement in work-based learning is critical.
International Rescue Committee (IRC), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Making Cents International
Six years into the Syrian war, Jordan hosts over 650,000 Syrian refugees, and nearly 15% are youth between the ages of 18 and 25. Syrian refugee youth, especially those living outside of refugee camps, face many challenges in Jordan, including limited educational and economic opportunities, discrimination, and lack of access to basic services.