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PRESENTATION: Emotional Intelligence for Economic & Social Success We Know We Need It, But Can We Train for It, Sep 30

Yale University

While there is broad agreement on the value of behavioral skills as predictors for economic and social success, can these skills really be developed in education and work readiness training programs for youth? What does it take to mimic the kind of mentorship for young people that occurs in well-functioning families, in these programs and in the workplace? How can we better support youth economic opportunities with the integration of evidence-based practices to enhance emotional intelligence? Through a comparative discussion that draws on leading research from the U.S., and examples from our sector, this plenary will examine the impact of emotional intelligence training, and what these findings mean for youth training programs in development settings.

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PRESENTATION: Connecting The Dots: Help Us Make Vocational Training in Uganda More Disability-Inclusive, Sep 2016

Sightsavers

Youth in Uganda make up 64% of the total unemployed; a problem that is likely to increase given that 3/4 of the population are under 30. Young people are often ill-equipped to enter the work force and youth with disabilities are doubly disadvantaged and young women even more so. Sightsavers will present its approach to the economic empowerment of young women and men with disabilities, applying its three pronged theory of change. As Sightsavers enters the second phase of this project, help it ensure sustainable results by contributing your experiences and considering how you can make projects disability-inclusive.

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PRESENTATION: What Stays and What Goes? Taking Kepler Curriculum Global, Sep 2016

Kepler

Kepler, based in Rwanda, has built, revised and revamped a competency-based model of education for emerging markets. Three years and two campuses later, Kepler is creating a model of tertiary education that increases access by improving affordability while maintaining quality. While there are many successes to celebrate at Kepler, the organization strives to improve its outcomes for all students. In this session, Kepler aims to bring together a variety of stakeholders in order to discuss how to engage both men and women in improving educational and work outcomes for young women in the developing world. Through an interactive session focused on a Kepler-based problem in practice, participants will leave with a broader network of colleagues, working together towards solutions. 

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PRESENTATION: What Stays and What Goes? Taking Kepler Curriculum Global, Sep 2016

Kepler

Kepler, based in Rwanda, has built, revised and revamped a competency-based model of education for emerging markets. Three years and two campuses later, Kepler is creating a model of tertiary education that increases access by improving affordability while maintaining quality. While there are many successes to celebrate at Kepler, the organization strives to improve its outcomes for all students. In this session, Kepler aims to bring together a variety of stakeholders in order to discuss how to engage both men and women in improving educational and work outcomes for young women in the developing world. Through an interactive session focused on a Kepler-based problem in practice, participants will leave with a broader network of colleagues, working together towards solutions. 

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PRESENTATION: What If All Schools Prepared Young People to be Entrepreneurs, Sep 2016

Fudacíon Paraguaya, University of Minnesota, Teach a Man to Fish, The Mastercard Foundation

Obtaining formal employment is an unlikely reality for a large proportion of the world’s youth population, especially those living in parts of the Global South where national incomes are driven by the informal economy and small and medium enterprises. As such, there has been a global push to integrate entrepreneurship skills development into national education systems in order to ensure that future generations have the skills to start and lead successful enterprises. This session looks at how to integrate hands-on micro and small-scale school enterprise activities into entrepreneurship curricula. Achievements, as well as challenges and limitations of this approach, are discussed by a diverse team of entrepreneurship education experts, a program implementer in Tanzania, and a university youth research team. 

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PRESENTATION: Unlocking the Double Hidden Potential of SMEs for Labor Absorption at Scale, Sep 2016

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are often not the first consideration in thinking about inclusive youth employment; their size, diffusion, and accessibility detract from their attractiveness. Yet they have powerful potential not just for labour absorption but for growth stimulus - in South Africa over 50% of hiring is done by SMEs, and approximately 70% identify hiring as the stimulus for their growth. This session will present an emerging solution for linking SME employers and young marginalised work-seekers, and explore the challenges and responses for working with this sector. 

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PRESENTATION: The Final Frontier: Lessons in Reaching Rural Women and Youth, Sep 2016

VOTO Mobile

In order to reach rural women and youth through mobile technology, they need to be able to access phones that work at the precise moment you are trying to engage with them. This isn’t always easy. While some own a phone, many find themselves in a range of different sharing situations, giving them partial access. Even phone owners experience issues like poor network, no electricity and expensive credit that can restrict their ability to use the phone. Despite these challenges, VOTO Mobile will present 10 ways to ensure your program is accessible to rural women and youth. 

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PRESENTATION: Preparing Youth for Employment in Transitioning Economies: The Case of Southeastern Europe, Sep 2016

Cardno Emerging Markets

Cardno Emerging Markets will present youth workforce development approaches developed and piloted on USAID funded competitiveness projects in the Balkans over the past 10 years. As countries in the Balkans move closer to EU accession, youth entering the labor force face new opportunities and challenges. Non-­traditional sectors are emerging as potential drivers of employment, which require training and technical assistance, alongside supportive government policy that match youth with employment opportunities. It will engage the audience in discussion to determine both the pros and cons of each approach, and recommendations on how to move forward with helping youth entering the labor force.

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PRESENTATION: Pathways to Payoffs Identifying the Smoothest Road to Employment for At-Risk Youth, Sep 29

Save the Children, BRAC,

In Bangladesh, Farzanah, 15, drops out of school. Her parents threaten to kick her out if she doesn’t get a job. As an NGO, what should you do? Do you pay for her to attend an expensive vocational school? Give her a stipend to learn on the job? Teach her communication skills so she nails her first job interview? Using a youth avatar, participants will play a game to build the most successful pathway to employment for this young person. Presenters will then put the game results into perspective by revealing evidence from six countries comparing alternative routes to employment.

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PRESENTATION: Moving Beyond ‘Faint Evidence’: Assessing Gender Differences in the Impact of Entrepreneurship Training in Tanzania, Sep 2016

The MasterCard Foundation, University of Minnesota

How can you make claims about the impact of a training program without a comparison group?  This session will focus on how to apply propensity score matching as one tool to assess the impact of youth entrepreneurship training programs.  This methodological approach was used and then disaggregated by gender to reveal important differences in outcomes for female youth in Tanzania.  This session is most suited to participants who have some familiarity with evaluation and research design, though the session does not require participants to have advanced statistical skills.  This session will be highly interactive, with opportunity for participants to discuss applications of this method to their own field settings.

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