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Economic Citizenship Education for Children and Youth

Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI)

This paper provides a comprehensive and objective overview of the current landscape of economic citizenship education for children and youth. Economic citizenship education is a holistic approach to financial education, complementing it with a focus on life skills and livelihoods. The paper includes the most important theoretical insights, principles, and frameworks. In addition, it provides an overview of the key players and current initiatives focusing on economic citizenship education for children and youth.

Research Evidence for CYFI’s Model of Economic Citizenship for Children and Youth

Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI)

Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI) started on its mission to empower all children and youth worldwide by supporting them in realizing their potential as full economic citizens in 2011. CYFI developed its model of economic citizenship together with leading academics, multilaterals, and experts in the field. Economic citizenship empowers children and youth and builds their capabilities to be successful in life through three building blocks: financial education, social and livelihoods education, and financial inclusion.

The State of Evidence on the Impact of Transferable Skills Programming on Youth in Low and Middle-Income Countries

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation

Young people make up the majority of the world’s population, and the majority of those young people are in the developing world (USAID 2012). Educators recognize that the skills a person needs to succeed in today’s world are more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. Transferable skills are higher-order cognitive skills and non-cognitive skills that individuals can use to be successful across different situations in work and life.

Working with Adolescents and Youth to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UNICEF, UN-Women and WFP

Today’s generation of adolescents and youth present a major force for social, economic and demographic change, contributing to a competitive labor force, sustained economic growth, improved governance and vibrant civil societies. Realizing their rights and investing in their development is an effective and efficient way to support countries in their efforts to address emerging challenges, achieve the demographic dividend, consolidate global development gains and accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Staying Safe Online: Youth and Digital Security

Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI)

Today, a large part of your life occurs online. When you share photos on Instagram or via SnapChat, transfer money to your friends through mobile apps or shop online for a new pair of sneakers or jeans; it all happens digitally. With the world rapidly moving towards digitalization, new exciting opportunities are continually being created and become available to us all. Nevertheless, it is important that you know more about these new opportunities and are aware of the challenges they may bring.

Economic Citizenship and the Sustainable Development Goals: Network Brief

Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI)

The United Nation’s Development Agenda 2030 has put forward an ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide global development over the coming 15 years. The objective of this network brief is to demonstrate how the implementation of an economic citizenship strategy for children and youth can contribute to the achievement of many of the SDGs and corresponding sub-targets. In particular, financial inclusion and Economic Citizenship Education (ECE) for children and youth have a significant link to SDG #1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11 and 16.

Safer Payment Products for Minors

Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI)

This guide has been developed for leading national and international financial institutions that are, or are considering, developing financial payment products for minors. It is intended to help decision makers and product owners understand some of the responsibilities and risks associated with this market.

The Future of Jobs and Skills in the Middle East and North Africa

World Economic Forum

Education and work in the Middle East and North Africa region will determine the livelihoods of over 300 million people and drive growth and development for generations to come. As one of the youngest populations in the world, it is imperative that the region make adequate investments in education and learning that hold value in the labour market and prepare citizens for the world of tomorrow. In addition, as the global transformation of work unfolds in the region, policymakers, business leaders and workers must be prepared to proactively manage this period of transition.

Rapid Market Assessment of Key Sectors for Women and Youth in Zimbabwe

International Labour Organization

This Rapid Market Assessment (RMA) was conducted at the request of the ILO to support the design and development of a 3-year project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and scheduled to run from 2017-2019 in Zimbabwe. The project aims to support women and youth in rural livelihoods to generate better and more sustainable income and employment opportunities by strengthening production and value-addition in a number of key rural economic sectors.

An Ecosytem Model for Credentialing Entrepreneurs

Global Center for Youth Employment & Acceleration Group

The authors propose a model for reducing job-creator loss in regions facing severe youth unemployment. Job-creator loss occurs when young, would-be entrepreneurs lack opportunities to attempt scalable ventures. To date, efforts to expand such opportunities through microcredit and entrepreneurship training have seen mixed or inconclusive results.2 Our hypothesis is that more robust results depend upon introducing market signals that enable the local ecosystem to identify and champion promising young job creators.

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