“Building Inclusive Economies, where more people have access to more opportunities, equal shots at success, and the freedom to dene what success looks like for themselves” is a pillar of the Rockefeller Foundation's work. By 2050, 400 million young people in Africa will need sustainable employment opportunities, while national labor markets are struggling to keep up with this youth bulge. Recognizing this immense challenge, along with the new opportunities that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) brings to developing countries, the Rockefeller Foundation launched its Digital Jobs Africa (DJA) initiative in 2013 with the goal of leveraging ICTenabled jobs to improve the lives of 1 million people in Africa – those who are currently unemployed, their families, and the communities in which they live and work.
Across the world, youth unemployment, under-employment and inactivity remains one of the critical challenges for both developing and developed countries, for communities, families and for young people themselves. Of the roughly 1.8 billion young people today, about one third can be described as NEETs – not in employment, not in education and not in training. Approximately 40 percent of all unemployed people are youth.
Evidence shows that demand-driven youth training interventions that closely involve employers yield benets with regard to youth employment or incomes. These ndings are also supported by lessons learned from DJA's experience with preparing disadvantaged youth for jobs in six African countries.
The purpose of this document is to introduce, describe and discuss a Demand-Driven Training (DDT) Framework, the underlying structure of the DDT concept. The DDT Framework will identify the building blocks of the DDT model, the common characteristics among DDT providers, and the best practices associated with DDT programs. Deepening our understanding of what makes the DDT approach successful in transitioning disadvantaged youth to sustainable livelihoods will facilitate the expansion of the model to more locations, new sectors and through additional implementation partners. Ultimately, the Framework aims to contribute to scaling up the impact of DDT programs across Africa, and beyond.