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Human Capital Report 2015

World Economic Forum

Talent, not capital, will be the key factor linking innovation, competitiveness and growth in the 21st century. More than a third of employers globally reported facing difficulties in finding talent last year and nearly half expected talent shortages to have a negative impact on their business results. Yet the world’s pool of latent talent is enormous. To unlock it, governments, business leaders, educational institutions and individuals must each understand better the global talent value chain.

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Promoting formal employment among youth: innovative experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean

International Labour Organization

The Latin American and Caribbean region faces the daunting challenge of creating decent work opportunities for youth. Currently, the region has some 108 million people aged 15 to 24. Just over half of them are employed.

When youth begin their working lives, they must first overcome the high unemployment rate, which is two to four times higher than that of adults in the Region. All too often, young people go out in search of work only to return home discouraged.

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Youth and rural development: Evidence from 25 school-to-work transition surveys

International Labour Organization

Youth is a crucial time of life when young people start realizing their aspirations, assuming their economic independence and finding their place in society. The global jobs crisis has exacerbated the vulnerability of young people in terms of: (i) higher unemployment, (ii) lower quality jobs for those who find work, (iii) greater labour market inequalities among different groups of young people, (iv) longer and more insecure schoolto-work transitions, and (v) increased detachment from the labour market.

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Generation Jobless: The Challenge of Global Youth Unemployment

JA Worldwide

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the global youth unemployment crisis.

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Jobs for the Future

ODI

This report deals with perhaps one of the most pressing issues facing employers and employees, students and teachers, politicians and experts today: what and where are tomorrow’s jobs and what skills will they require? While it is understandably difficult to extrapolate trends, data and interviews with experts helps to inform predictions and forecast. The report looks at global trends but links also to two case studies carried out in Ghana and Vietnam.

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Youth Financial Inclusion in Kenya: Co-creating a Way Forward

World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI)

This study was commissioned by the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) within in the framework of the WSBI program “Working with savings banks in order to double the number of savings accounts in the hands of the poor”. This specific study relates to sharing lessons under the program.

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Financial Services for Rural Youth: Learning Agenda and Egypt Case Study

Making Cents International

With funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and in partnership with Silatech, Making Cents International is implementing the IFAD Rural Youth Economic Empowerment Program (RYEEP); a three-year grant to increase employment and self-employment of young people aged 15-35 in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) countries of Egypt, Yemen, Morocco and Tunisia.

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Out-of-School Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Policy Perspective

World Bank

The economic and social prospects are daunting for the 89 million out-of-school youth who comprise nearly half of all youth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Within the next decade when this cohort becomes the core of the labor market, an estimated 40 million more youth will drop out, and will face an uncertain future without work and life skills. Their lack of work and life skills will impair these youth’s ability to get good jobs in desirable occupations, resulting in low and unstable incomes while exposing them to potentially long periods of unemployment.

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Fast Facts: Economic Empowerment of Youth

United Nations Development Programme

Youth unemployment, underemployment and wages that are below the poverty line ($1.25 per day) diminish human and social capital and are associated with poorer health and educational outcomes. This contributes to long-term, intergenerational poverty and inequality leading to weaker resistance to shocks, and weaker social cohesion.

In its development policy and practice concerning youth, UNDP sees decent work and livelihood creation as chief determinants of socio-economic empowerment of youth and a contributor to the achievement of sustainable human development. 

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Closing the Gap Between School and Work

USA Today

Dressed in hospital scrubs, Manida My heard "code blue" and saw her patient's heartbeat on the monitor. All she could think was, "What should I do?" Her first patient, "Johnny," was critically injured in a traffic accident caused by texting and driving.

"At first, I was really nervous. My heart was racing," said the 17-year-old, a senior at Lakewood High School in Long Beach, Calif. "I realized I had somebody helping me and I was more confident … Even though it was kind of scary, it was a good kind of thrill."

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