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.
In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the economic and social obstacles low-income young people face in making successful transitions to adulthood. The ability to manage money, build assets safely and plan for the future is a core component of a larger set of economic and social assets required to achieve more sustainable livelihoods. One of The MasterCard Foundation’s earliest efforts explored how best to serve the financial needs of young people living in poverty, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
This study was commissioned by the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI) within in the framework of the WSBI program “Working with savings banks in order to double the number of savings accounts in the hands of the poor”. This specific study relates to sharing lessons under the program.
With funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and in partnership with Silatech, Making Cents International is implementing the IFADRural Youth Economic Empowerment Program (RYEEP); a three-year grant to increase employment and self-employment of young people aged 15-35 in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) countries of Egypt, Yemen, Morocco and Tunisia.
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.
Meeting the needs of the global youth population requires evidence-based, scalable, and sustainable initiatives. In response, Making Cents International offers a demand-driven Knowledge Management (KM) platform that builds the capacity of positive youth development stakeholders worldwide to design, implement, and evaluate high-impact youth economic opportunity programs, policies, and partnerships.
The MasterCard Foundation and The Boulder Institute of Microfinance
As a follow-up to The MasterCard Foundation Symposium on Financial Inclusion held this past July in Turin, in association with the Boulder Institute of Microfinance, the 2014 Post-Symposium Report has been released, which highlights key sessions and takeaways from the event.