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Entrepreneurship Education and Training: Insights from Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique

The World Bank

Governments around the world have shown a growing interest in interventions that promote entrepreneurial success, making significant investments in entrepreneurial education and training (EET). This is happening not only in developed nations, but also across the developing world as well. Empirical research has found positive correlations not only between entrepreneurial activity and innovation, but also between entrepreneurship and job creation.

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New Vision for Education: Unlocking the Potential of Technology

World Economic Forum

To thrive in a rapidly evolving, technology-mediated world, students must not only possess strong skills in areas such as language arts, mathematics and science, but they must also be adept at skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, persistence, collaboration and curiosity. All too often, however, students in many countries are not attaining these skills. In this context, the World Economic Forum has taken on a multi-year initiative, New Vision for Education, to examine the pressing issue of skills gaps and explore ways to address these gaps through technology.

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2014 Global Money Week Report

Child & Youth Finance (CYFI)

3 million children. 118 countries. Over 2000 activities. 490 organizations.

Global Money Week 2014 saw the world rise to the challenge of Reshaping the Future of Finance

When was it?

Global Money Week is held in the 2nd week of March annually. This year it fell in-between 10th-17th March 2014.

What is it about?

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Youth Savings Patterns and Performance in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal

Center for Social Development, George Warren Brown School of Social Work

The project is an initiative of the YouthSave Consortium led by Save the Children (SC) in partnership with the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St. Louis, the New America Foundation, and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP). Research partners (RPs) in the field include Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana, Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), and New ERA in Nepal.

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The Future of Youth Employment

Institute for the Future (IFTF) and The Rockefeller Foundation

The workplace landscape for disadvantaged youth in the United States is more precarious than it has been at any other time in the past eighty years. According to a June 2013 report by the Center for American Progress, 22.5 percent of teens ages 16 to 19 are unemployed, and 1.4 million teens are neither enrolled in school nor working. Young people in general can have a hard time positioning themselves with employers due to age, shortage of experience and maturity, and lack of education and skills. Certain subpopulations face even greater barriers due to factors including race, sex, and socioeconomic status.

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Innovations in Youth Hiring

Rockefeller Foundation

Across the United States, small businesses are developing innovative strategies to hire and upskill young workers in ways that are both good for business, and that reduce the unemployment hardships that disproportionately impact disadvantaged young people. 

With support from The Rockefeller Foundation, The Economist Intelligence Unit conducted a nation-wide search to identify creative youth-hiring models and approaches embraced by small businesses.

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Zimbabwe Labor Market Assessment

Workforce Connections

In October 2014, the FHI 360 Workforce Connections project condu

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Including Childcare in Youth Employment Projects

The World Bank, Adolescent Girls Initiative

In many settings, women are the primary childcare providers, and motherhood begins during adolescence. For young mothers without strong family and social support systems, lack of affordable childcare can prevent them from participating in youth employment projects. Accessible childcare services can increase young women’s participation rates in training, their productivity (in terms of decreased absenteeism and retention), and there may also be benefits for children’s development outcomes.

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Results-Based Approaches to Improve Inclusion and Job Placement

The World Bank, Adolescent Girls Initiative

Job placement services that help young people put their new skills to use are an important element of successful youth skills training programs. This note looks at how pilots in the Adolescent Girls Initiative focus on employment as an outcome and emphasize placement assistance alongside training. The note also describes how results-based approaches can be applied to encourage training providers to assume greater responsibility for achieving employment outcomes, and discusses the need for outcome verification and safeguards against potential pitfalls that incentive schemes may invoke.

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Measuring Impact in the AGI Pilots

The World Bank, Adolescent Girls Initiative

Through pilot interventions that are rigorously evaluated, the Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGI) is providing cross-country evidence on how programs can help smooth young women’s transition to productive work. Researchers and policymakers know a lot about the challenges faced by young women accessing the labor market, but much less about the types of programs that work best for helping them succeed. By measuring the impact of programs and delivering important lessons on design and targeting, the AGI evaluations aim to improve policy decisions around adolescent girl programming.

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