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.
Most research reviews of the evidence on youth employment programs lump the experience of Germany and Guinea together, so they do not offer meaningful insights for low income countries. This session shared the latest evidence for the countries USAID and partners are working in. Based on a structural transformation perspective, Dr. Fox USAID’s Chief Economist, presents her research on what has actually worked in low income settings: evidence for vocation skills training is weak, where as the evidence for economic growth-oriented measures such as finance as well as for transferable skills and support programs is stronger and promising. We invite your questions and responses to: What does this mean for rural areas where income-earning opportunities for youth are in household farms and firms? How does this effect USAID’s approach to youth economic opportunities going forward?
Youth in Central America face overwhelming challenges. In addition to poorly funded schools, inadequate access to secondary and tertiary education, and limited opportunities for employment, youth in El Salvador also confront epidemic levels of violence and a gang problem that challenge their day to day decision making process.
The changing world of youth economic opportunity is heavily influenced by prevailing global trends in migration. Most workforce development (WFD) models assume youth recruitment and supports in a localized area, and training for employment in the same catchment zone.
Does entrepreneurship education work? Is entrepreneurship education sufficient to enable young people to start businesses? What additional skills or services are necessary to enable young entrepreneurs? In this session we will provide robust evidence from six countries on the different ways in which youth can successfully become self-employed across varying rural/urban contexts.
This invigorating session will demonstrate how scaling down is necessary sometimes in order to scale up a global approach to reach millions of vulnerable youth with self-employment skills. Ten years ago, when we started, we quickly scaled up to 11 countries.
“Graduating the Extreme Poor into Sustainable Livelihoods” has immense potential to enable extremely poor and vulnerable youth to access economic opportunities that will set them on a trajectory out of the poverty cycle.