USAID/Liberia Advancing Youth: Labor Market Assessment Report

EDC, Mercy Corps, YMCA-Liberia, USAID
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To address the challenges of youth employment and take advantage of economic opportunities in Liberia, the five-year USAID Advancing Youth Project works closely with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and local organizations to increase access to quality Alternative Basic Education (ABE) services, social opportunities, leadership development, and livelihood training for out-of-school 
youth aged 13-35 who have low or no literacy and numeracy skills.1 Advancing Youth also aims to increase access to sustainable livelihood pathways for targeted youth through the facilitation of market-driven skills training, soft skills, and identification of short and long-term training and job-placement opportunities. Finally, the program seeks to stimulate job creation via business development support and partnerships with stakeholders such as private sector actors.
A key activity of Advancing Youth is the youth-led Labor Market Assessment (LMA). The findings from this research seek to identify opportunities and constraints for employment and self-employment for Liberian youth. The LMA seeks to illuminate livelihoods, gender, and private sector engagement strategies for youth, both Advancing Youth participants and other Liberian youth. The LMA also will contribute towards the program’s site selection process in year two and ongoing curricula development. The study includes a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies and builds upon initial findings from the January 2012 Youth Mapping Activity (Mapping Activity). The LMA took place in the five counties where Advancing Youth operates: Bong, Grand Bassa, Lofa, Montserrado, and Nimba. This study has identified specific and current economic opportunities for youth in each of these counties.
Workforce Development
Monitoring & Evaluation
Asia, Southeast Asia, & the Pacific