Demand-Driven Training for youth employment programs build job-relevant skills valued by employers and useful for self-employment by offering both pre-employment skills development and some form of on-the- job training.
Asian Development Bank (ADB), & International Labor Organization (ILO)
This joint ADB and ILO publication offers evidence-based policy recommendations on strategies to advance gender equality by addressing persistent gender-labour market gaps that hinder strong, balanced and sustainable development in the Asia region. It looks at not only social-cultural norms of countries but also the policy and institutional frameworks that shape employment opportunities.
Stories of Change is Ashoka’s electronic book series. This volume, meant to provide inspiration to both youth and the practitioners who serve them, offers the stories of ten young “changemakers” from around the world.
The Africa Commission presents a progress report on the work that has been done by the Africa Commission to realize its goals to focus their development agenda towards Africa with the creation of decent jobs for the growing African youth population, as described in its ‘Copenhagen Statement’. This report also includes a number of key-note articles by commissioners and other prominent persons on matters of concern to Africa and the Africa Commission, as well as shorter articles sharing some relevant experience and lessons learned.
This report explores the current state of research on the topic of children and savings. It examines the models that Aflatoun promotes to encourage children’s savings and describes – through eight case studies – the best ways in which partners have generated or adapted these models to best serve the children in their program.
This annual report focuses on the theme of enterprise, and attempts to document the different ways that enterprise has been integrated in ten of Aflatoun’s programs. The cases show that enterprise is flexible and not prescriptive, and that it can be adapted to meet organizational needs and demands.
Washington University, Center for Social Development
Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship, and Downpayment (SEED) is a policy, practice, research, communication, and
market development initiative designed to test the efficacy of, and inform policy for, a national system of savings
and asset-building accounts for children and youth in the United States. SEED is implementing and studying
inclusive saving in the form of Child Development Accounts (CDAs), established as early as birth and ideally
lasting across the full life course for all Americans. This summary report on SEED is based on CDA experience
with over 1,171 children and their families in 12 states and communities.
This report assesses the extent to which a promising and extensively implemented life skills education program—the Better Life Options program for adolescent girls in India — can empower adolescent girls and address the vulnerabilities they face. In particular, the project sought to assess the extent to which participation in the intervention program enhanced girls’ awareness of sexual and reproductive health matters; built agency in terms of mobility, decision-making and sense of self-worth; fostered egalitarian gender role attitudes; developed vocational skills and future work aspirations; influenced perceptions about marriage and their ability to negotiate marriage-related decisions; and succeeded in delaying marriage and first pregnancy.
This report explores the pressure the “youth bulge” in the Middle East is putting on educational systems, labor markets, health care, natural resources, and infrastructure. It also outlines a social entrepreneurship model, which the authors of this report believe could be the model to address the multi-sectoral challenges young people in the Middle East face.
YouthSave Initiative, Center for Social Development
This paper explores the potential of youth savings accounts (YSAs) as an intervention at the nexus of youth development and financial inclusion by reviewing: 1) current evidence on the potential effects of YSAs on these two development goals; 2) current trends in the state of practice on YSAs in developing countries, drawing out any implications for achieving these goals; and 3) what information is still needed before we can fully understand whether and how YSAs could actually achieve this dual potential.
Nick Cain, International Partnerships Manager for Vittana, discusses the dual roles of Vittana as an engine for developing financial products (student loans), and as a person to person funder via its website, vittana.org. Specifics of how “risk-tolerant” capital provided by individual social investors around the world provide the capital Vittana’s microfinance partners need for making student-centered education loans in the developing world is outlined with examples from actual students.