BLOG: Examining Women’s Early Labour Market Transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa, April 2016

International Development Research Centre

The Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GROW) program is jointly funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).  GROW aims to generate new knowledge about women's economic empowerment, gender equality, and economic growth in low-income countries. The goal: to support policies and interventions that improve women's livelihoods and contribute to societal well-being.

COURSE: The Future of Work in Africa-Innovations in Youth Employment, April 22-June 03, 2016

Future Forward, ASHOKA, The MasterCard Foundation

The Future of Work in Africa: Innovations in Youth Employment is a six week online professional development course which will cover both the obstacles and challenges of African Youth employment with a focus on innovative solutions and promising new initiatives. Each week participants will explore models, methodologies and the sectors critical to creating employment opportunities in Africa. In order to create a rich learning experience, the course will be comprised of a select group of program managers, policy makers, fellows and innovators chosen based on their background and work in the sector. 

BLOG: Jobs in Nigeria: Closing the Gaps in a Polarized Labor Market, March 2016

The World Bank

A new report reveals that 40 to 50 million additional jobs are required to employ Nigeria’s rapidly growing population. Nigeria’s job market is polarized where a small share of the population is benefiting from high and diversified growth, and the vast majority is trapped in low-productivity and traditional subsistence activities. To create an inclusive job market that offers gainful employment for women and youth, the report recommends Nigeria needs to improve skills, raise the productivity of agriculture, and improve its business climate.

BLOG: Innovation and Youth Livelihoods, March 2016

The MasterCard Foundation

In partnership with icipe we are embarking on an innovative project called “Young Entrepreneurs in Silk and Honey.” The project will create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for 12,500 young people in beekeeping and silk farming in Ethiopia, all of whom are between the ages of 18-24, unemployed, out of school and earning an income of less than $2 a day. Ethiopia is the leading honey and beeswax producer in Africa. However, honey production is largely traditional, amounting to about 10 percent of production potential.

REPORT: Findings from Five Youth-Inclusive Rural Finance Pilot Projects, March 2016

Making Cents International, Silatech, IFAD

Rural youth in developing countries make up a large and vulnerable group. Globally, three quarters of the poor live in rural areas, and about one-half of this population is young people. This young and growing population confronts a number of challenges, including poor quality of education, lack of basic infrastructure, lack of access to or control of sufficient land for farming, and, for girls in particular, more traditional cultural norms, which severely hinder their ability to build sustainable livelihoods.

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BLOG: Pakistani Youth See Opportunity in a Globalized Economy, February 2016

The World Bank

More than 400 students today packed the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) auditorium in Karachi. They were eager to interact with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group and discuss social innovation, entrepreneurship and inclusive growth in Pakistan. This is an important theme for Pakistan and one particularly relevant to the country’s young population. Nearly two-thirds of Pakistan’s population is 24 years old or under. This represents an unprecedented opportunity as young Pakistanis can greatly contribute to growth and development.

REPORT: The Twin Challenges of Child Labour and Youth Employment in the Arab States: An Overview, February 2016

International Labour Organization

Overcoming the twin challenges of child labour and youth marginalisation is critical for realising the ILO Decent Work Agenda and for social and economic development more generally. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there were still some 144 million children aged 5-14 years at work worldwide in 2012, accounting for around 12 per cent of total children in this age group.

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SUMMIT: Global Youth Summit 2016, February 2016

Global Changemakers

We will be bringing 60 Changemakers aged 18 to 23 for a life-changing week of training sessions, networking and workshops. In order to apply you must fill in an online application as well as send us a two-minute video describing your efforts to bring about a positive change in your communities and about your ambitions. We will invite the strongest candidates to participate at the Summit, assessing their track record of social entrepreneurship, community activism and volunteerism, whilst ensuring gepgraphical and gender representation.

African Union Seeks to Align Efforts around Youth Employment

Workforce Connections, FHI 360

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 200 million people ages 15-24. Current trends indicate that figure will double by 2045. Youth Employment is growing in prominence on the agenda of the African Union (AU), a coalition of 54 Member states established to help bring about “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” 

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A response to “Skills for Employability in Africa and Asia”

Workforce Connections

In her response to Nicholas Burnett and Shubha Jayaram’s “Skills for Employability in Africa and Asia”, Youth Advisory Board member Michaella Munyuzangabo notes that while extra-curricular activities can be downplayed by teachers, especially in Africa, they can be very important in developing non-cognitive skills for students who will use them in the workplace.   Parents and students, employers, and school officials should rebrand extra-curricular activities, highlighting

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