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PRESENTATION: The Human Graph, Sep 2016

Knack

Key advances in mobile technology, behavioral science, gamification, and predictive data analytics enable people, education providers, organizations, employers and governments to discover people's unique talents, match them to the most promising education, skilling, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, and equip populations with the critical work skills needed for employability and continuous learning in the 21st Century digital economy. Knack's CEO Guy Halfteck will introduce a new paradigm, The Human Graph, that leverages these advances and reshapes the future of talent, employability, work, and economic opportunity.  

 

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PRESENTATION: Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship: A Guide for Policymakers and Youth Leaders, Sep 2016

Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE), Youth Business International (YBI)

Unemployment is the most critical challenge that young people in all parts of the Commonwealth confront today. The challenge is particularly acute in developing countries where jobs in the organized sector are few and far between, while those in the informal sector are often unstable, unsafe and poorly paid. It is therefore imperative for governments and stakeholders to identify and promote alternative pathways to sustainable livelihoods if they are to fulfil the aspirations and potential of their young people. Empowering young people to consider entrepreneurship as their vocation has to be a critical component of such a strategy.

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PRESENTATION: Key Soft Skill Impacts Across Sectors: Evidence and Youth Voice, Sep 2016

FHI 360, Mercy Corps, USAID

USAID’s Youth Power Action project has conducted a study that identifies a core set of soft skills that predict positive outcomes across the fields of workforce development, violence prevention, and sexual and reproductive health. This builds on the Workforce Connections report, Key Soft Skills that Foster Youth Workforce Success, highlighted at last year’s Summit. This session will present the result of Key Skills for Cross-Sectoral Youth Outcomes study that identifies the most important soft skills relating to violence prevention and reproductive health.  The panel will include experts in violence prevention and reproductive health to comment on the findings of the study.  Participants will engage with findings from both studies, and implications for youth programming. 

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PRESENTATION: Getting Training Right: Tools for Assessing Vocational and Soft Skills Demand in Conflict and Post-Conflict Environments, Sep 2016

Creative Associates International, Child Trends

Youth in conflict and post-conflict settings require tailored training opportunities and employment services to hone the vocational and soft skills needed to find and retain jobs. How can we assess the vocational and soft skills needs in a conflict and post-conflict context, often characterized by a stagnant or shrinking economy and unstable political and security framework, to be sure we get the training right? This interactive deep dive will use evidence developed through Creative Associates’ experience in Afghanistan and Child Trends' contributions in Nicaragua as a starting point for an exploration of demand-driven training needs assessments.  

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PRESENTATION: From Shopkeepers to Shop Masters: Moving Youth Enterprises to the Next Level in the Secret Engine of the Kenyan Economy, Sep 2016

TechnoServe, Elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization, Citi Foundation

While many young people run businesses, how many actually run them well? What if young entrepreneurs in a critical part of the economy got the tools to take their businesses to the next level? The Smart Duka program in Kenya is finding out the answer. Working with small retail shops in Kenya, which supply up to 80 percent of the country’s consumer goods, TechnoServe, Elea Foundation and Citi Foundation are helping young entrepreneurs find digital and business solutions to maximize the potential of their enterprises. These lessons can be applied to a wide range of youth entrepreneurship efforts worldwide. 

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PRESENTATION: Forecasting the Job Market Challenges in the Post-Work Era, Sep 2016

CIDE

The key role played by sound labor market forecast in the formulation of human resources development programs has been extensively promoted lately. As we engage in building quantitative tools to better understand job markets’ evolution, CIDE suggests we take a step back and rethink the major changes the job market is undergoing at a global scale and its implications on the inclusion of young people. What conclusion can we draw when the economy, while growing, is not producing the jobs that millions of young people are counting on to provide for themselves? How do we deal with spreading non-formal, non-conventional employment?  

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Presentation: Fine-Tuning an Approach to Developing Effective Cross Sector Partnerships to Deliver a Youth Employability Program, Sep 2016

Marriott International, SOS Children's Village Costa Rica, Hotel Costa Rica Marriott

The Youth Career Initiative (YCI) brings over 20 years’ experience of establishing and maintaining effective cross sector partnerships with the global hotel industry and nonprofit sector. This workshop brings senior leaders from each sector together for a format-blending discussion to share tools, real life challenges, and evaluate critical success factors to support and empower young people to make informed career choices, using the hotel industry as a learning platform.

 

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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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