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Blending entrepreneurship and literacy to build financial capability – MEDA’s “100 hours to success” approach

MEDA

It is here that MEDA’s YouthInvest project has found their approach to building financial capabilities for youth through “100 hours to success,” a blended approach to training youth on business skills (for example: developing a business plan, conducting competitive analysis), life skills (for example: practical customer service techniques and conflict management) and financial education (savings, budgeting, financial negotiations, available financial services and debt management).

Making Cents International’s 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference Program and “State of the Field” Publication Now Available

Making Cents International

The 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference program is now available for you to review.  The 2013 event will contain two Spotlights: "Opportunities for Rural Youth"focuses on how to support youth in rural areas. "Power of Technology" showcases how to utilize technology in your programming. The conference will take place September 10-12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Click here to view the interactive program. The 2013 “State of the Field” Publication is also available online. Click here to access the latest publication. 

Youth Exclusion in Syria: Social, Economic, and Institutional Dimensions

Middle East Youth Initiative, Dubai School of Goverment, Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings

A combination of factors contributes to actual or potential economic exclusion of young people in Syria. This paper focuses on three of them: economic, social, and institutional. Instead of drawing attention to the multidimensionality of youth economic exclusion, this paper highlights the interaction among the contributing factors. It suggest that multiple risk factors associated with youth economic exclusion add to one another so that they have a stronger cumulative effect than they would individually.

Transitions to Employment and Marriage among Young Men in Egypt

Middle East Youth Initiative, Dubai School of Goverment, Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings

In this paper, the authors examine the transition from school to work and the transition to marriage among young men with at least a secondary education in Egypt, with particular attention to how the first transition affects the second. In examining the transition from school to work, they analyze the determinants of the duration of transition to first employment after school completion, as well as the type and quality of job obtained in such employment. The authors then move to an examination of the determinants of further mobility to a second job.

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Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East: Toward Sustainable Development for the Next Generation

Middle East Youth Initiative, Dubai School of Goverment, Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings and Silatech

Despite the promise of an increasingly educated population of young people, the Middle East’s “youth bulge” generates pressure on education systems, labor markets, health care, natural resources and infrastructure. In this context, and with constrained public and private resources, traditional development frameworks in the Middle East are proving inadequate and are in need of transformation.

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Missed by the Boom, Hurt by the Bust: Making Markets Work for Young People in the Middle East

Middle East Youth Initiative, Dubai School of Goverment, Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings

Young people in the Middle East face a unique struggle to secure a larger stake in their economy and society. The Middle East Youth Initiative cautions that a new jobs crisis may damage future prospects for the region's young people. For Middle Eastern economies, the global downturn coincides with a historically high share of 15- to 29-year-olds in the total population. Even during the “boom” years of 2002 to 2008, young people in the Middle East did not benefit from high quality education and struggled to find decent jobs.

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Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference

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Making Cents International's Collaborative Learning and Action
DATE: 
Sep 10, 2013 (All day) to Sep 12, 2013 (All day)

The annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference is the premier learning event for practitioners, policy-makers, funders, private sector companies, technical assistance providers, researchers, educators, government representatives, and youth leaders working to increase economic opportunities for young people.

 

Arab Youth and Entrepreneurship Conference

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Arab Urban Development Institute and Silatech
DATE: 
Feb 16, 2013 (All day) to Feb 18, 2013 (All day)

The MENA region is at a critical juncture in its development. For over twenty years, the region has had the highest youth unemployment rates in the world. Over the past decade, a large number of interventions have been developed to improve employment outcomes for young people. While many of these interventions are thought to have benefited individual participants (few have undergone rigorous evaluation) they have not had a tangible impact on the circumstances of the region’s youth overall.

Entrepreneurship training and self-employment among university graduates: Evidence from a randomized trial in Tunisia

World Bank

In economies characterized by low labor demand and high rates of youth unemployment such as the Middle East and North Africa, entrepreneurship training delivered in school has the potential to enable youth to create their own jobs. This paper presents experimental evidence on a new entrepreneurship track that provides business training and personalized coaching to university students in Tunisia. Undergraduates in the final year of licence appliquée were given the opportunity to graduate with a business plan instead of following the standard curriculum. We rely on randomized assignment of the entrepreneurship track among applicants and identify impacts on labor market outcomes one year after graduation. We find that the entrepreneurship track was effective in increasing self-employment, but that the effects are small in absolute terms. In addition, the employment rate among beneficiaries remains unchanged, pointing to a substitution from wage employment to self-employment.

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A New Middle East: Investing Where it Matters Most

Global Communities (CHF)

How do we redefine investment in the Middle East? Political and and social changes in MENA offer a multitude of opportunities to address economic disparity and lack of opportunity, but those change must begin with investing in youth, to grow and create jobs for future generations. Moreover, creating enabling political, legal, and business environments will better address youth needs and increase financing. Following these suggestions, argues CHF, will create more opportunities for the entire populatio

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