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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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Household Matters: Revisiting the Returns to Capital among Female Micro-entrepreneurs

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Despite the prevalence of female entrepreneurs in developing countries, recent research suggests that women do not benefit from loans and grants in the same way that men do, leading to questions about the value of offering financial services to female entrepreneurs. Researchers re-examined data from previous studies in Ghana, India, and Sri Lanka to measure the impact of credit and cash grant variations on micro-enterprise profits in households where women were the only entrepreneurs and in households where other members also had a business.

The Role of Volunteer Business Mentoring in Supporting Youth Entrepreneurship: A Global Perspective

Youth Business International, Middlesex University

Middlesex University Business School (MUBS) and the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) were commissioned by Youth Business International (YBI) in November 2015 to conduct a global longitudinal study to understand ‘what works, where and why’ of how voluntary business mentoring (VBM) assists young entrepreneurs, both in terms of their business start-up and development, but also their personal development and entrepreneurial journey. The team will set out the results of the first phase of the research project, indicting:

The Myth of Lazy Youth: Why Young People Choose Agriculture

Overseas Development Institute, Participatory Development Associates

All too often young people are accused of being lazy and uninterested in agriculture, when in fact there are very good reasons why they are unable to access the opportunities available in the agricultural sector or why they are unable to attain the profits that theoretically should be achievable.

Integrating Youth into Agriculture: Engaging Young People as Actors

Making Cents International

Currently, USAID, through YouthPower Learning, is developing a design guide for Missions to support youth’s integration into Feed the Future and Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) activities. This links to USAID’s goal to more effectively incorporate young people across the design, implementation, and evaluation functions.  After a brief overview of the guide, two young people will share t

Taking an Evidence-based Approach to Scaling Youth Enterprises and Investments - How Can We Maximize Impact?

RISE Egypt

We often talk about the importance of supporting youth development as an economic, social and moral imperative, but how do we do this work effectively? How do we scale youth enterprises and truly know we are creating the impact we seek?

Engaging Companies in the Future of Work in Africa: Partnering with Business for Youth Employment and Youth Who Employ

Adam Smith International, DigitalMe

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.

Once 14 Year Old Girls, Now Empowered Youth Entrepreneurs

Chemonics International, Byeffe Foods LLC, Equator Seeds Limited

The solutions to the challenges youth face come from youth themselves.

Design Squad Global: Exploring a Model that Approaches Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving from a Global Perspective

FHI 360

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.

Distance Makes the Job Grow Harder: New Approaches for Understanding the Geography of Student Transitions from Home to School to Work

RTI International, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

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?

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