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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.

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What Big Data and Longitudinal Research Tell Us About Effective Youth Investments

USAID, Popultation Council GIRL Center, Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Young Lives, University of Oxford, LinkedIn

Context matters when making policy/programming decisions on youth investments. However, we have limited data on the linkages between various aspects of adolescent/youth development and outcomes for young people to inform our decisions either at national or global levels. Three leading researchers who have their pulse on some of the largest longitudinal data sets related to youth, as well as analysis of youth investments, discussed what the evidence is telling us and how we can apply it to our work and investments at the sub-national, national and global levels.

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Education Finance: Building the Business Case for Educating Girls and Equipping Them with Financial and Entrepreneurial Skills

Opportunity International, Private Education Development Network

263 million children out of school, a ballooning under-15 population, and governments unable to keep pace with education demands. Education Finance plays a critical role in getting and keeping every child in school. Opportunity International (Opportunity) has been championing education finance for 10 years and disbursed more than 190,000 loans to schools and parents through profitable portfolios with minimal risk and high social impact. Opportunity's work with DFID's Girls' Education Challenge provides gender-neutral financial services for families and schools in Uganda.

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Sharing Results from USAID’s Youth Policy Implementation Assessment

USAID

It has been five years since USAID first launched its Youth in Development Policy.  To better understand how this policy has been operationalized, USAID’s Policy Office, in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, led an in-depth assessment that took stock of accomplishments, lessons learned, and emerging needs for future work in youth development.  In particular, the assessment contributes to understandings about changes that have since taken place since 2012 in youth programming, mainstreaming, and organizational support.  The research process included interviews with over 300 indivi

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UX for Youth Engagement: Mobile-First Design and Development in India, and Everywhere Else

International Youth Foundation, Quest Alliance, General Assembly

Mobile learning has immense and increasing power to reach youth all over the world, including in emerging economies like India. Currently 55 percent of the world's 5 billion mobile subscriptions belong to people with smart phones, a percentage that will increase to 77 percent by 2025. This change is most acute in evolving economies like India and South Africa, where the magnitude of need for training and the capacity for scale are nearly unmatched. But how is creating content for mobile different than other types of programming and learning?

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More Than Internships: Sustainable Private Sector Engagement in Work-Based Learning

Soran University, IREX, USAID Agro Horizon Project

To keep up with the pace of a changing world of work, youth need to be adaptable and agile learners with exposure to practical and work learning experiences that enable them to apply skills and prepare them for opportunities in an evolving labor market. Learning from Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, and the West Bank demonstrates that sustained private sector engagement in work-based learning is critical.

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Supporting Job Placement and Self-Employment for Refugee Youth: Lessons and Insights from Jordan

International Rescue Committee (IRC), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Making Cents International

Six years into the Syrian war, Jordan hosts over 650,000 Syrian refugees, and nearly 15% are youth between the ages of 18 and 25. Syrian refugee youth, especially those living outside of refugee camps, face many challenges in Jordan, including limited educational and economic opportunities, discrimination, and lack of access to basic services.

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The Gig Economy: Challenges and Opportunities for Latin American Youth

IADB, Fundacion CAATEC, Freelancer.com

This session examined the opportunities and challenges for promoting Latin American youth participation in global online labor markets. It addressed key challenges such as identifying and developing skills that promote employability, as well as opportunities related to virtual labor migration and the mitigation of spatial mismatch between labor demand and supply.

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Is It a Good Gig? How Digital Platforms Help Youth Thrive in the Gig Economy

Mercy Corps, Mryati, LinaGAS Inc., Youth Impact Labs, Jordan

In both Jordan and Kenya youth are increasingly propelled into the gig-economy, thereby effectively becoming micro-entrepreneurs. But being an entrepreneur in the gig-economy is no easy feat: it requires skills and knowledge that most youth do not possess.

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The Ideathon: How IRI Promotes Social Enterprise, Economic Opportunities and Youth-led Solutions to Local Governance Challenges

International Republican Institute, EMPRO

The International Republican Institute (IRI) launched its citizen security program in Panama in 2015. The program focused on supporting local governments to find new ways to engage youth from at-risk and low-income communities to help develop solutions to citizen security and local development challenges.

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Developing Models of Youth Employment Pathways in a Fragile Environment: Case Study of the Niger Delta Region

Partnerships Initiative for the Niger Delta (PIND)

The Partnership Initiative for the Niger Delta (PIND) highlighted practical challenges in preparing youth for jobs in an oil-rich environment plagued by the wealth illusion and unrealistic expectations that most youth will find employment in the oil industry.

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