PRESENTATION: A Cost-Effective Approach to Improving Youth Employment Outcomes, Sep 2016
The youth employment crisis in the Middle East and North Africa stems from problems on both the demand side (insufficient market activity to create jobs) and the supply side (youth lack skills/experiences that private sector demands). In Year 1, the USAID/Tunisia Business Reform and Competitiveness Program (BRCP) used an approach that addresses these simultaneously to create nearly 4,000 jobs, at a cost-per-job of $1,207. Presenters will discuss key elements of this approach, the comparative cost effectiveness of enterprise-competitiveness programs, tools for design/implementation, and BRCP's experience leveraging enterprise competitiveness activities to strengthen the youth ecosystem in Tunisia.
Jim Riordan, Enterprise Competitiveness Advisor, Chemonics International (USA)
William Baldridge, Economic Growth Team Leader, USAID Middle East Bureau (USA)
Iskander Ben Mustapha, Chief of Party, The Pragma Corporation (Tunisia)