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.
The future of work will require strong engagement of business as employers, mentors and partners to skills providers and government. This session will give practical examples of how Adam Smith International and Africa Working have engaged businesses to create opportunities for youth employment and youth who employ in Kenya and Nigeria.
This session provides an immersive experience of the interactive project-based learning approach used by DSG to develop the problem solving, critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills of youth within and for a global context. Participants will work collaboratively to solve a set engineering challenge within given contextual constraints different from their own.
Standard workforce development models assume a tight coupling between student, school, and employer locations. Indeed, training providers are admonished to “just find out what local employers want/need” and then simply recruit and train local youth for these jobs. But what if these dynamics are not exactly local but more regional, national, and transnational due to youth migration and/or job availability?
Young people are increasingly linked to targeted agriculture and food security interventions. In Africa, the argument is that the combination of agricultural value chains, technology and entrepreneurship will unlock a sweet spot for youth employment. This article examines this argument from a rural transformations perspective. A framework is proposed with which to analyse young people’s economic room to manoeuvre in different rural contexts and the differential abilities of young people to exploit associated opportunities.
African Development Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Development Programme
The annual African Economic Outlook (AEO) monitors the continent’s state of affairs using a collaborative approach. The AEO assesses the recent economic and social situation in Africa, projects likely developments for the near future and explores a special theme on the structure of African economies. The AEO 2017, the 16th edition, examines entrepreneurship and industrialisation in Africa. The report results from a unique partnership between three international organisations: the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme.
Africa is the youngest continent with almost 200 million people in the age group of 15-24 years. The recent decades have seen entrepreneurial activity heating up across Africa leading to increasing number of youth from this age bracket taking the entrepreneurship plunge and moving from being job seekers to job creators. These youth entrepreneurs are exhibiting increasing risk propensity and heightened responsiveness to emerging entrepreneurship opportunities.
In the context of global concerns about the economic exclusion of youth, efforts to facilitate youth access to decent jobs and financial services have become a development priority. This is particularly the case in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, where continued growth of the youth population has exacerbated pressures on education systems and labor markets. This has contributed to poor labor market outcomes for young people, increasingly characterized by high unemployment, underemployment and informality.
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.
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.